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Horn joins wildlife shelter; Sivitz leaving KiDiMu

Two high profile Bainbridge non-profit groups announced changes in leadership early this week:

Horn joins wildlife shelter

Lisa Horn has been chosen as the new executive director of the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. She will assume her new duties Dec. 3.

Former Executive Director Kol Medina left the shelter to become director of the Kitsap Community Foundation.

Horn has an extensive background in education. She received a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix, magna cum laude, in 2003 and is currently working toward her doctorate in organizational leadership.
For the past six years she has been the director of early learning at the Marion Forsman-Boushie Early Learning Center in Suquamish. She has been an active volunteer, including serving as chairperson for several large fundraising events for local organizations.

She and her daughter enjoy spending time with animals, providing a home for five dogs, three cats, two guinea pigs, a rabbit, six chickens, a horse, a cockatiel and a parakeet.

“With Lisa’s background in education and her organizational skills, I feel confident her enthusiastic personality combined with your continued support will result in establishing the West Sound Wildlife Shelter becoming a national leader in the evolving field of wildlife rehabilitation,” said Gayle Seyl, shelter board president.

(photo by Dottie Tison)

Sivitz leaving KiDiMu

After three-and-a-half years, Susan Sivitz will step down as executive director at the Kids Discovery Museum at the end of the year.

“Susan has been at the center of the nonprofit world of Bainbridge Island for many years,” said Sonya Marinoni, the museum’s board president. “She has been a great leader.”

Sivitz is moving to Boston for six months to complete her undergraduate degree. She joined the museum as director in 2009. She oversaw the completion of the museum’s capital campaign for a new building the transition into a new space in the Island Gateway development.

Bainbridge wildlife shelter releases battle-scarred eagle

A bald eagle was released back into the wild on Saturday after a three-month stay at West Sound Wildlife Shelter.

“She’s ready to go all right,” the shelter’s director of wildlife services told environmental reporter Chris Dunagan. “She has never adapted to being in captivity.”

The eagle came to the shelter after it suffered puncture on its head and mouth, probably due to a fight with another eagle.

Read the full story and see a photo gallery of the eagle’s release here.

Name that owl

Owly, Owlsworth, Owlton, Owlson, Owlefeller, Hoot, Hooter, Hootsey, Hootenany.

That’s my shortlist of names for the unnamed owl perched above. What’s yours?

The West Sound Wildlife Shelter is sponsoring a naming contest for this injured bird. The island-based shelter hopes to have the friendly owl in good health before it makes the rounds in local classrooms, teaching kids all about night vision, hat snatching and and mice pellets.

Read Rachel Pritchett’s story below.

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