Who we are

Mark Jeweler, President & CEO

Mark is responsible for the technical, administration and management side of things, is our primary fund-raiser and grant seeker, is our liaison with corporate sponsors and donors, has been single-handedly responsible for design and construction of our rehabilitation clinic and facilities, and our website, and is a permitted care provider for raptors himself. He is a Maryland native, and discovered his passion for raptors around 2014. He assists in the rehabilitation efforts while maintaining his full-time job with the federal government.

Heather Jeweler, Vice President & Principal Rehabilitator

Growing up in rural Loudoun County, Virginia, near the Blue Ridge mountains, Heather developed an appreciation and passion for nature conservation at an early age, and dreamed of someday working with wildlife. Birds have always held particular interest for her, but especially birds of prey.

She began her apprenticeship at Owl Moon Raptor Center in Boyds, MD in 2016, with the goal of eventually becoming an independent full-time raptor rehabilitator. In late 2018 she left her full time job with the federal government to fully immerse herself in raptor rehabilitation, and gain more hands-on experience. She received her Maryland DNR raptor rehabilitation permit in 2020. After relocating back to Virginia in 2021, she completed an additional apprenticeship at Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. and obtained her Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit from VA DWR. She also has her Migratory Bird Rehabilitation Permit from US Fish and Wildlife.

She has volunteered also with The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia and Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research. She and Mark have both completed a “Care and Management of Captive Raptors” workshop at The Raptor Center at University of Minnesota.

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