After 40 years of rehabilitating injured or orphaned wild animals and educating the public, Kathy Uhler is retiring.
MONROE COUNTY, Pennsylvania — After 40 years of rehabilitating injured or orphaned wildlife and educating the public, Kathy Uhler of the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center is retiring.
“I started wildlife rehabilitation after doing an internship when I was at ESU. It grew into the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and over the years it grew to the point where we I had to move in. I met my husband Eric, and we were granted this wonderful place in Cherry Valley near the Nature Conservancy,” Uhler said.
Although it wasn’t an easy decision, Uhler and her husband think it’s time to pass the torch to someone else.
She has tons of memories, but her favorites are when she worked with animals.
“The really tough cases,” Uhler said. “The medical cases, the cubs that require so much expertise, and the really serious injury cases.”
Ulher says the center and the animals will still be there, but they won’t operate as the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center. She says the new admins are changing the name.
“Hopefully two people will lead it and hopefully do an exceptional job,” Uhler said.
As for the future, Uhler hopes to be able to stay at the center and continue his wildlife rehabilitation and education work, but not full time.
“That appreciation that we love to instill in our visitors and the people who live here and our residents of northeastern Pennsylvania,” Uhler said. “We hope this continues. We don’t want to stop doing this in any way, and we certainly appreciate the people of northeast Pennsylvania who have supported us.”
Uhler says the center is not accepting any injured wild animals at this time.
Its last day is at the end of November.
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