Graduating from the University of Calgary in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, Jessica planned on pursuing a career involving animal care. In 2005, migrating south from her native Thunder Bay, Ontario, Jessica completed her internship at Fellow Mortals and joined staff as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. She has been with Fellow Mortals since 2006.
Jessica has written extensively for the organization’s newsletter and is the primary outside educator, working with the permanent birds residing at the hospital. In 2010, Jessica spearheaded the organization’s first social networking campaign through the Pepsi Refresh Project, earning a $25,000 grant to build much-needed caging for birds and mammals. She is also integral to planning and implementing other fundraising events, including the annual dinner and auction.
Jessica works with all species of birds and mammals, with special attention to passerine species. She is currently supervising orphaned songbird care at the hospital, ensuring interns are thoroughly trained in feeding and handling techniques as well as other aspects important in the rehabilitation process.