Who We Are

The Blue Mountain Wildlife team is comprised of individuals passionate about BMW’s mission, with each member having significant rehab and/or education experience, as well as experience in their respective fields. Meet the team below.

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Lynn Tompkins, Executive Director
Favorite Resident at BMW: Spirit the Great Gray Owl

Working as a veterinary technician in the 1980s, Lynn became involved in wildlife rehabilitation. In 1990, she and her husband, Bob, founded Blue Mountain Wildlife. She earned a BS in Animal Science from Oregon State University as well as state wildlife rehab permits from Oregon and Washington and a Federal permit from USFWS. She is also a member of national and international rehab organizations. Lynn is the primary staff conducting BMW’s rehab and education programs.

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Bob Tompkins, Assistant Director
Favorite Raptor Species: Peregrine Falcon

Bob is the resident “Jack of all trades,” maintaining the facilities while assisting Lynn with the education programs and serving as the primary wildlife chauffeur.

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Samantha Castoldi, Rehabilitator
Favorite Raptor Fact: The ear tufts seen on certain owl species are called plumicorns.

Samantha is a new member of the BMW team.  She graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor of science in zoology and a minor in wildlife.  Following graduation, Samantha completed internships in wildlife rehabilitation, which sparked her interest in the field.  After serving as a BMW intern in 2015, an abnormally busy year and a small amount of happenstance led to her full-time employment.  Now, Samantha performs wildlife rehabilitation duties at the clinic. Samantha’s organization and passion for wildlife keeps BMW running smoothly.

winnie picWinnie Burnett, Administrative Assistant
Favorite Owl Species: Flammulated Owl

A part-time employee, Winnie assists wherever needed, whether outside feeding birds and cleaning pens, helping in the clinic, or working in the office. She provides invaluable technical support, maintaining BMW's website and Facebook page.

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Caroline Ebinger, Head of Development
Favorite BMW Activity: Refreshing waters in the outdoor exhibits

Intern-turned-fundraising-machine, Caroline began by helping Samantha with rehab, and now helps Lynn with raising money. Caroline graduated from Scripps College with a degree in Environmental Economics and Entrepreneurship. She is passionate both about business and wildlife, so she loves being able to combine her interests — for a great cause — at BMW.

Banding1Michele Caron, Director of BMW Tri-Cities Center
Fun Fact: Michele has cared for more than 1500 young barn owls since 2005.

Michele started and runs the Blue Mountain Wildlife Tri-Cities Center, where many Washington waterfowl and baby barn owls receive care. Michele knows more about raising baby barn owls than anyone. She has even received a phone call from England picking her brain about barn owls! For her day job, Michele is Director of Clinical Services at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.

Board of Directors
BMW is guided by a Board of Directors made up of local wildlife professionals, business owners, ranchers, bird enthusiasts, educators and philanthropists committed to public education and conservation of our wildlife resources. Chaired by Carl Scheeler, Wildlife Program Manager for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Board provides oversight to the sustainability and financial well being of the organization.  See our full Board below.

Carl Scheeler, President
Greg Holden,
Vice President
Pat Morris, Treasurer
David Bowman
Michele Caron
Mark Kirsh
Kathleen Mace
Tara Richards
Chris Storz

Interns and Volunteers
Without its interns and volunteers, BMW wouldn’t be able to take in nearly as many animals as it does. From interns feeding baby birds from dawn to dusk, to volunteers driving near and far to bring BMW injured wildlife, BMW greatly appreciates all that they do.

Interested in working with us? Check out our volunteer and internship pages.

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Location: 71046 Appaloosa Lane, Pendleton, Oregon 97801
Email: lynn@bluemountainwildlife.org
Phone: 541.278.0215

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