Payton is a true wildlife lover, and is volunteering her time to help spread the education message about the small and easy things we can do everyday to help wildlife.
Welcome, my name is Payton. I'm 11 years old, and this will be my 4th summer volunteering for Think Wild.
Ever since I can remember I have loved animals and being with them. I asked my mom one summer if we could volunteer helping animals. That's when we discovered Think Wild. This was a place that helped wildlife return to nature and I wanted to be apart of it. I always loved assisting wildlife such as the frogs in our yard. I feel, like us, animals deserve to have a second chance. After seeing all the damage us humans do. I wanted to make the world a better place. Think Wild helped me be able to take my rescuing skills to another level, I want to inspire others to do the same.
As a volunteer throughout the summers, I have grown to a wildlife transporter, to an in-facility volunteer, to now as an educator, hot-line runner, and transporter. Though I do not handle wildlife directly (That's for adults) I still assist with many different things. As a transporter I make sure we have the supplies we need. I keep the animal steady during transport and make sure the people that found the animal fill out an intake form. While working at the facility I made food and cleaned. I even came to special clean up work days to make the place the best it could be for the animals. We now also help with the hot-line, this connects people with injured animals to a licensed rehabilitator. I write information down when calls come in and make sure we are ready to go when needed. I have attended many trainings to educate myself and I learn new things from each animal we help.
I aspire to have children like me make a positive difference and help our wildlife by knowing what to do. It is my goal to eventually start a Junior Wildlife Club where kids can learn and have hands on experience. My motto is: care for all, great or small. Now that you know a little more about me, be looking for more ways kids can help at any age be a junior wildlife advocate by reading Payton's Wildlife Tips coming soon.