Tracy releasing a Newell's Shearwater ('A'o) at Makahuena Point.

Tracy releasing a Newell's Shearwater ('A'o) at Makahuena Point.

Tracy Anderson - Program Coordinator

Tracy’s love of birds started early in life. As a baby in South Africa her parents would park her pram in front of a Sociable Weaver bird tree to keep her occupied. She often tells the story of how, when reading through her Ranger Ricks at the age of 5, she became enamored with the Fairy (White) Tern (Manu-o-Kū here in Hawaii), not only because it was a beautiful pure white bird but because it laid its egg directly on a branch with no nest! Tracy completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Geography at the University of Victoria and has worked in wildlife rehabilitation for over 20 years.  She has rehabilitated wildlife in 3 countries- Canada, United States and Belize. She began as a volunteer and then as a student employee at Mountainaire Avian Rescue in Courtenay, BC and then moved to a full-time position at BCSPCA’s WildARC in Victoria, BC. Tracy obtained seabird and waterbird-specific training at International Bird Rescue in California and then spent a year in Belize working with Central American species such as parrots and toucans. Following that she spent a season in Ontario doing captive propagation and release of endangered Eastern Loggerhead Shrikes. Tracy also volunteered for 6 years at a migration monitoring station banding passerines (songbirds) and owls as well as participating on the boards of several natural history and wildlife-related organizations. Tracy has been with the SOS program since the beginning of 2011.

 Molly releasing a Hawaiian Duck (Koloa Maoli) at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge.

Molly releasing a Hawaiian Duck (Koloa Maoli) at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge.

Molly Bache - Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager

Molly began working with SOS in August of 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University. She has worked with wildlife rehabilitation for the past five years, and has a background in marine mammal science and behavior. She worked on Big Island in 2012/2013, which sparked her interest and appreciation for Hawai’i’s diverse ecosystem. She is passionate about marine conservation and enjoys volunteering with local organizations on her days off. Molly hopes to help preserve Kaua‘i’s natural environment and is happy spending her days helping native wildlife thrive, one bird at a time.

Jacqueline Nelson - Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician 

Jacqueline earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and a B.A. in Public Relations from Virginia Tech (2017). She fell in love with wildlife rehabilitation while working as an intern for Audubon Sharon and the Wildlife Center of Virginia. She enjoyed learning proper wildlife handling, feeding, and husbandry techniques throughout her time at these centers. Jacqueline also has a passion for connecting people to wildlife through multimedia channels and teaching people about the natural world around them. At SOS she gets to combine these passions together to help the endangered species on the island of Kaua‘i. 

 Jacqueline on a hiking trail above Lyttelton, New Zealand.

Jacqueline on a hiking trail above Lyttelton, New Zealand.