Brooke Carleton-Wagstaff (Semester 55, Mariners 2015, Katahdin Woods and Waters 2016) worked her last day as a volunteer for the Traveling Natural History Program (TNHP) this week. Brooke, a senior at Wiscasset Middle High School, spent 4 to 6 hours per week lending a hand in the Chewonki wildlife center to complete her mentorship requirement over the spring semester.
Over the last four months, she completed dozens of different tasks to help care for the nonreleasable wildlife residents at Chewonki including prepping and delivering mice to owls, cleaning walking stick cages and giving baths to snakes and turtles.
One of Brooke’s favorite animals to work with was Peepers, the mallard duck. He is fed a diet of chopped veggies and fruits, poultry grain and mealworms with a good amount of water added to the dish so he can eat his food by “dabbling” or using his beak to grab food from the water.
Brooke was a fantastic volunteer and the TNHP staff will miss her tremendously. She promised to visit the wildlife center at least once this summer before she heads off to college at Maine Maritime Academy in the fall. She’ll be pursuing a dual major in Marine Biology and Small Vessels Operation, graduating in five years with a degree and her captain’s license.