Board Member: Susan Lockwood
I was born on 12-07-61 to George and Kathryn
Ewertz in Wichita, Kansas. I grew up with 4 brothers
and 2 sisters. We grew up on a small farm. Dad
mainly grew wheat and raised cattle. I was in
charge of milking the cow for milk for our family. My sister attended the chickens. My brother also
had a few animals such as pigs and sheep.
It was not uncommon for us to have a baby calf
or lamb that had gotten too wet and cold in the
unforgiving Kansas snow and needed help. We would
warm them up by the furnace and rub them down
with dry towels. I remember the steam coming off
of their coats, as they would dry. Then of course
we revived them with a warm bottle of milk.
So that started my rehabilitation of animals.
I graduated from Andale High School in 1980. Shortly
after that I was hired on by the U.S. Postal Service. I have worked there for 20 years now. That is where
I met my husband Ken Lockwood. We have been married
for 12 years. We soon discovered we both loved the outdoors
and wildlife. Together we have volunteered at several
organizations and have taken care of lots of different
kinds of animals.
But the ones that captured our hearts
were the magnificent Birds of Prey. We were amazed at
their beauty, independence and elusiveness. Their strength
and character inspired me. I have such a respect for
them not only because of their physical strength but
I have seen their courageous and unmatchable will to
live. No other animal that I have worked with has shown
so much desire to stay alive under such severe injuries,
as the Birds of Prey.
The International Wildlife & Rehabilitation Council
(IWRC) certified me in 1998. I also received my permit
from Kansas Wildlife & Parks for Rehabilitation
that same year. Since then I have cared for hundreds
of injured birds. I realize the need for rehabilitators
and educators concerning our feathered friends. I, along
with my husband Ken, have started a facility called
Eagle Valley Raptor Center.
I hope that we can continue to educate children and
adults about the importance of a clean environment and
the part that Birds of Prey play in that scenario. I
hope that we can continue to help these creatures for
many, many years to come.br>