Our Volunteers

Dr. Melissa Newcomb
Dr. Melissa Newcomb

Dr. Newcomb is one of our founders and board members. Here she helps out at one of our open houses.

Jerry Hershey
Jerry Hershey

Jerry Hershey is facilities manager and sometimes cooks for our special occasions.

Scout Project
Scout Project

Here, scouts build a retaining wall behind the resident eagle enclosure. This was the eagle project of Daniel Wilson.

Volunteers Dig In
Volunteers Dig In

Volunteering is a family affair. This group came by and helped us disperse a mountain of lime and gravel.

Taking a break
Taking a break

By the end of the day, these guys conquered the mountains of pea gravel for cages.

BCSC C4 Students
BCSC C4 Students

Several of our buildings have been constructed by the building technology students of our local school system. Here is step one of the construction of our resident eagle enclosure.

C4 Students
C4 Students

Students begin framing the resident eagle enclosure.

C4 Students
C4 Students

Making progress! This enclosure is 20'x20'x20', and is home to our non-releasable eagles.

Finished Eagle Scout Project
Finished Eagle Scout Project

Here's Jose Burgos, eagle scout, with the first resident of the enclosure he constructed. The barred owl is actually happy with the enclosure, but apparently not so much with Jose!

Work Day
Work Day

Utopia plays host to lots of corporate and social groups who come for our workdays. Members of Social One, a group of young professionals from Indianapolis, came to help us with yardwork during a fall clean-up day.

Scouting Crew
Scouting Crew

The team that helped eagle scout Justin Scheible with his eagle scout project. Justin did all or the perching for the 100' eagle flight cage.

Raccoon Enclosure
Raccoon Enclosure

Raccoon volunteer, Kristen Patterson, adds branches to the raccoon enclosure.

Kristen and Ayla
Kristen and Ayla

Here, Kristen gives Ayla a new blanket for her sleeping box. Ayla is a non-releasable educational raccoon who helps us teach about urban wildlife to people who come for our on-site programs.