Meet our Volunteers:
Our organization is made up of a very diverse group of people.
These people spend their own valuable time and money to make what we do possible.
We are eternally grateful to them.
Everyone feeds and cares for our resident birds at least one day a week.
If you are interested in volunteering, please send us an email.
Beth Watne, Founder/Executive Director
Beth Watne has been helping injured wildlife in Montana since the 1980’s when she was a young Mom and also a Physician’s Assistant. In 1982 she founded Wildlife Return, another rehab organization, that she later turned over to Lynn Vaught when she decided to retire.
She is the Founder and Executive Director of Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center, and the state and federal permit holder for our organization.
Beth graciously allows the facility to operate on her own property.
In Beth’s past rehab experience she has cared for everything from grizzly bears to song birds.
Bob is the man responsible for all our fabulous new buildings, complete with lights and electrical plug-ins for winter water bowls and heat lights.
He also helps with our education programs when available.
Nancy Riva began volunteering with MWWRC in 2013. Nancy is a Registered Nurse in Kalispell, and a lifelong animal lover who is inspired by educating and helping. She is learning how to handle raptors and helps with our education programs when available. Nancy is also an avid hiker and wildlife lover.
Cassandra began volunteering at the center in May of 2014.
She feeds and does daily care, handles birds, and does many education programs as a subpermitee under Beth. In addition, she also manages our Website and Facebook page.
Besides her volunteer work at MWWRC, and the Immanuel Lutheran Home, she is the founder of Wee Winnies Therapeutic Minis. Using her Miniature Horses for Therapy visits to nursing care facilities, as well as programs for children with a variety of special needs.
Todd began volunteering in 2015, helping with the center's on going renovation and improvement projects.
He also handles raptors as a subpermitee, and helps with our many Education Programs.
Susan started volunteering in September of 2015, helping with the feeding and cleaning chores. This is her first experience with Raptors but she is really enjoying working with them.
Previously she volunteered for 2 years with the Oregon Humane Society.
She is currently learning how to handle raptors as a subpermitee, and helps with our Education Programs when available.
Katie started volunteering in June of 2016, helping with the feeding and cleaning chores. She graduated from the University of Montana, in Missoula, with a degree in Wildlife Biology.
Born and raised in the Flathead Valley, she has a lifetime of experience caring for all types of ranch animals. This is her first experience with Raptors and she is really enjoying working with them.
She is a subpermitee under Beth, and helps with our Education Programs when available.
Deb has known Beth and her work with wildlife for a long time. When a volunteer opportunity opened in November 2016, Deb accepted it and joined the program. Never having worked with raptors, she started out getting to know the birds and their needs through feeding and routine care. Now she is currently learning how to handle raptors as a subpermitee, and helps with our Education Programs when available. Her hope is to gain enough knowledge and experience to become an asset to MWWRC program.
Billie was raised on a cattle ranch in Northwest Montana where feeding and caring for a variety of animals was a daily requirement. After retiring from teaching in Alaska and moving back to Montana she was easily drawn into volunteering at Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center in September 2017.
The caring, handling and sharing what she has learned about raptors with others is a rewarding experience. She is a subpermitee under Beth, and helps with our Education Programs when available.
Jonathan Rutt moved to the Flathead Valley in 2016 and joined the Wild Wings team in April of 2017. He has previously worked on Northern Spotted Owl and Great Gray Owl population surveys as a Wildlife Technician for the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon, and has an Environmental Biology degree from Millersville University. While no longer working professionally with wildlife, Wild Wings provides Jonathan with the chance to stay connected to the birds and to give back to the community.
Barbara started volunteering for Wild Wings in September, 2018. She is a retired Physical Therapist who has spent the last 10 years volunteering on many wildlife projects for Glacier National Park, FWP, and the Forest Service. As a monitor on the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch site, she developed a huge interest in raptors which has now led her to want to help with the incredible work done at Wild Wings. She enjoys feeding and cleaning and is currently learning how to handle raptors as a subpermitee to help with our education programs.
Sage Staven began volunteering with our organization in September 2017. She has a B.S. in Biology and works as a wildlife technician with the U.S. Forest Service. She is captivated by biodiversity and animal behavior, and loves being able to work with our resident and rehabilitating raptors. She helps with feeding and daily care, and is currently learning how to handle raptors as a subpermitee to help with our education programs.
Nicole Nelson began volunteering with our organization in 2018. She helps with feeding and daily care, and handles birds as a subpermitee under Beth to help with our many education programs.
Kelly Kennedy began volunteering with our organization in 2019. She helps with feeding and daily care, and handles birds as a subpermitee under Beth to help with our many education programs.