My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Blue Mountain Wildlife, Pendleton, OR, USA
I volunteered for Blue Mountain Wildlife for about 10 years from 203 to 2013. I moved so I no longer can actually help, other than financially. I have never witnessed more hard working individuals than Lynn and Bob Tompkins, the directors of BMW. They take calls 24/7 365 days a year. They help injured birds over a huge area...in Washington the entire Lower Columbia Basin. Lynn and Bob speak to classrooms, community groups, at National Wildlife Refuge groups and have trained many, many interns who went on to become veterinarians and/or wildlife rehabilitates. I wish I could find the words to express my admiration for these folks.
One summer Lynn needed some extra help so I stayed for a week, spending nights in a small camper that they acquired to house interns. We started about 7:00 am every morning, cleaning cages, giving treatments and feeding animals (mostly raptors) and sometimes going to release a raptor in as close an area to where they were found as possible. Lynn hardly even took time to eat during the day. We worked until about 10:00 pm every night when I would retire to the camper. Often as I started to doze off I would hear Lynn in the barn getting food ready for the animals for the next morning. I was truly astounded with her work ethic and wondered where she gets her energy. I guess I really know the answer to that question: She and Bob love wildlife and are dedicated to caring for wildlife and educating kids and everyone they come in contact with about how to do no harm.