About Us

Our Mission

​The mission of Northern Colorado Wildlife Center, a 501(c)3 independent nonprofit, is to:

  •  Rehabilitate sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, and when successful, release those animals back into their natural habitats.
  • Educate the public about the natural histories of wildlife native to northern Colorado, ways to peacefully coexist with them, and provide humane solutions to human-wildlife conflicts.
  • Promote and advocate the preservation and restoration of native ecosystems that provide wildlife places to live and thrive

What Got Us Started

We are a group of local northern Colorado residents that have worked with wildlife for over 20 years. Several years ago the only facility in northern Colorado providing care to non-raptor wildlife discontinued their services. Since then, we have been trying to get another facility up and running. The former facility took in nearly 2,000 animals every year, and while Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Longmont has been willing to take animals from the region during this time, their obligation has legally been to Boulder county, and thus they have not been able to take in all the animals in need from northern Colorado. Therefore, around 6,000 animals went untreated these past few years. We believe many of these instances can be avoided through public education of humane methods aimed at peaceful coexistence with wildlife. However, some negative interactions are unavoidable, in those cases, a rehabilitation center is needed to care for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. Our goal is to provide these education services to the northern Colorado community through lectures and social media, and open a facility to provide rehabilitation services to it’s wildlife.

Our Board of Directors

We are a volunteer board of directors with very diverse backrounds.

Tallon NightWalker

President

Even though Tallon was born in Loveland, Colorado he spent most of his life living in a small town named Pierce. When he was just five years old he started volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center along side his father in Fort Collins where he fell in love with the profession. Once 18, he received his wildlife rehabilitation license from the state and was able to take another step in his career and begin working as a paid wildlife rehabilitator at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Longmont, Colorado where he has been working for over four years. He also received wildlife, forestry, and natural resources recreation certificates in 2014 from Front Range Community College.  In addition to working as a wildlife rehabilitator, Tallon has worked as veterinarian’s assistant, wildland firefighter, and personal care provider for the elderly. 

Kate Boyd

Vice President

Growing up in Minnesota, Kate was always surrounded by animals, wild and domestic. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology. During an internship at a zoo, Kate realized her passion (and the need) for education about the amazing animals that share our planet. She became an avid advocate for commonly misunderstood reptiles and amphibians. Immediately after moving to Colorado she joined the Northern Colorado Herpetological Society, which she is now the President of, and often leads their education and outreach programs. Kate has worked at a rescue, zoo, museum, university, and pet facility where she cared for animals of all shapes and sizes. She now lives with her large furry and scaly rescue family in Northern Colorado and can’t imaging calling anywhere else home.

Kate Boyd

Vice President

Growing up in Minnesota, Kate was always surrounded by animals, wild and domestic. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology. During an internship at a zoo, Kate realized her passion (and the need) for education about the amazing animals that share our planet. She became an avid advocate for commonly misunderstood reptiles and amphibians. Immediately after moving to Colorado she joined the Northern Colorado Herpetological Society, which she is now the President of, and often leads their education and outreach programs. Kate has worked at a rescue, zoo, museum, university, and pet facility where she cared for animals of all shapes and sizes. She now lives with her large furry and scaly rescue family in Northern Colorado and can’t imaging calling anywhere else home.

Bob NightWalker

Treasurer

Bob Nightwalker has been a licensed wildlife rehabilitator since May of 2000. Graduating from Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management program in 1992, he has worked in the animal field as a zookeeper, barn manager at an equestrian center, and an animal control officer until finally deciding on becoming a wildlife rehabilitator. A native to northern Colorado, Bob grew up in Fort Collins, where he now resides.

Jacquelyn Schoppe

Secretary

Jacquelyn attended the University of Houston-Clear Lake where she earned a degree in Biological Sciences and gained experience working in a molecular research lab that studied active microbial communities in extreme environments.  Post-graduation, she was recruited to work for a start-up commercial space research facilitation company in Houston that helped scientists gain quick access to the microgravity environment for life science research projects. Here, she worked daily with academic, industry, and government scientists in all areas of life sciences planning multi-experiment research programs and assisting with writing and preparing government grants. Jacquelyn has since moved to Colorado and shifted her focus away from the corporate world to apply her skills to her true passion, supporting and developing non-profit organizations. Since moving to Colorado, she has worked as the mammal ICU coordinator at a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility where she managed interns and volunteers to provide care for over 70 raccoons and 100 squirrels who had been orphaned and injured. She currently works as the Program Manager for a non-profit organization that helps veterans who are transitioning into civilian careers through professional mentorship, workshops, and funding. She is excited to join the team at NCWC and hopes to contribute and expand its efforts in rehabilitating sick and injured wildlife throughout Larimer County and Northern Colorado.

Jacquelyn Schoppe

Secretary

Jacquelyn attended the University of Houston-Clear Lake where she earned a degree in Biological Sciences and gained experience working in a molecular research lab that studied active microbial communities in extreme environments.  Post-graduation, she was recruited to work for a start-up commercial space research facilitation company in Houston that helped scientists gain quick access to the microgravity environment for life science research projects. Here, she worked daily with academic, industry, and government scientists in all areas of life sciences planning multi-experiment research programs and assisting with writing and preparing government grants. Jacquelyn has since moved to Colorado and shifted her focus away from the corporate world to apply her skills to her true passion, supporting and developing non-profit organizations. Since moving to Colorado, she has worked as the mammal ICU coordinator at a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility where she managed interns and volunteers to provide care for over 70 raccoons and 100 squirrels who had been orphaned and injured. She currently works as the Program Manager for a non-profit organization that helps veterans who are transitioning into civilian careers through professional mentorship, workshops, and funding. She is excited to join the team at NCWC and hopes to contribute and expand its efforts in rehabilitating sick and injured wildlife throughout Larimer County and Northern Colorado.

Emily Olivo

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Emily has been an environmental educator for nearly a decade, working to instill appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of our natural resources in people of all ages. Her work has taken her around the country, designing and leading programs including backpacking trips, wildlife hikes, nature camps, and more. 5 years ago, she moved to Colorado and has been teaching (and learning) about our local environment ever since, becoming a Certified Interpretive Guide in 2016. Hoping to make a positive impact for our local wildlife, Emily reached out to Northern Colorado Wildlife Center in early 2018 to volunteer, and is now absolutely thrilled to be the Education & Outreach Coordinator. She is excited to learn from and contribute to the mission of NoCo Wildlife, holding close to her Jane Goodall’s famous words: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Emily is a New Jersey native and holds a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from North Carolina State University. She spends her free time hiking, camping, doing yoga, and spending time with her husband, dog, and cat.

Madison Stegeman

Board Member

A Colorado native, Madison’s love for Colorado’s nature and creatures runs deep in her blood. Throughout her undergraduate study at Colorado State University, she volunteered at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Longmont,CO. Upon graduation with a B.S. in Zoology in 2015 she set out to assist in building a vacation rental zoo Golden,CO. In addition to working as a subcontractor for hotel and exhibit construction, she was also responsible for the general husbandry of several exotic animals from kangaroos to zonkeys.  She then returned to Fort Collins,CO in early 2017 to marry her husband where she now works at Raintree Animal Hospital as a client relations specialist. She helps in orchestrating Raintree’s daily flow at the hospital frontline and provides support in other departments as needed. In 2018 she became a Fear Free Certified Professional which has helped her enhance safety and reduce stress for animal handling and treatment. Her vision for the Northern Colorado Wildlife Center is to provide sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in the northern Colorado region with the resources for a second chance at life. She also hopes to teach compassion and appreciation for these creatures that have purpose beyond our understanding. When not volunteering or working, Madison spends time with her husband and hound dog exploring Colorado’s splendors from camping and canoeing to craft brews and unique cuisine.

Madison Stegeman

Board Member

A Colorado native, Madison’s love for Colorado’s nature and creatures runs deep in her blood. Throughout her undergraduate study at Colorado State University, she volunteered at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Longmont,CO. Upon graduation with a B.S. in Zoology in 2015 she set out to assist in building a vacation rental zoo Golden,CO. In addition to working as a subcontractor for hotel and exhibit construction, she was also responsible for the general husbandry of several exotic animals from kangaroos to zonkeys.  She then returned to Fort Collins,CO in early 2017 to marry her husband where she now works at Raintree Animal Hospital as a client relations specialist. She helps in orchestrating Raintree’s daily flow at the hospital frontline and provides support in other departments as needed. In 2018 she became a Fear Free Certified Professional which has helped her enhance safety and reduce stress for animal handling and treatment. Her vision for the Northern Colorado Wildlife Center is to provide sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in the northern Colorado region with the resources for a second chance at life. She also hopes to teach compassion and appreciation for these creatures that have purpose beyond our understanding. When not volunteering or working, Madison spends time with her husband and hound dog exploring Colorado’s splendors from camping and canoeing to craft brews and unique cuisine.

Alex Koenigsberg

Board Member

Alex is a nonprofit professional and grant writer who came to Colorado in the fall of 2018. He spent the previous five years as the Executive Director of Creative Living Community of CT. During his time at CLCC, he was responsible for all aspects of the management of the organization including fundraising, grant writing, program design, and program implementation. Alex spent six years volunteering on the Board of Directors for Hartford Food System where he served as both the Vice-Chair and Secretary of the board, as well as on the Governance Committee. He also spent two years serving on the town of Coventry’s Economic Development Commission. Now that he is living in Colorado, Alex is turning his attention toward helping wildlife by helping to build a rehab center in northern Colorado. 

Sara Newman

Board Member

Sara grew up in Montana with a huge appreciation for the natural world and everything it has to offer. She spent her childhood with Yellowstone National Park as her backyard. She moved to Missoula, MT to attend high school and received her BA in archaeology and Native American Studies from the University of Montana. She volunteered for three years at Wolf Keep Wildlife Sanctuary providing husbandry to nine arctic and three grey wolves. She was head of the fundraising committee there to raise enough funds to keep all the wolves well fed. She also worked at a dog boarding and daycare where she would hike with dogs, piling 10 dogs into her Subaru and hiking them off leash in the woods. After graduating, she worked seasonally with trail crews and on a mountain ranch. Being adventurous, she moved with her dog, Kenzii Puppinpawz to Fort Collins and attended Front Range Community College to get her degree as a veterinary technician. She currently works as a lead technician at Loveland Veterinary Clinic and has since 2015. As well as working as a veterinary nurse where she continues to expand her knowledge in animal medicine, she has worked for two seasons at Greenwood Wildlife Rehab Center in Longmont, CO. Now she is striving toward the dream of a Northern Colorado Wildlife Rehab Center with NoCo Wildlife Center as a board member!

Sara Newman

Board Member

Sara grew up in Montana with a huge appreciation for the natural world and everything it has to offer. She spent her childhood with Yellowstone National Park as her backyard. She moved to Missoula, MT to attend high school and received her BA in archaeology and Native American Studies from the University of Montana. She volunteered for three years at Wolf Keep Wildlife Sanctuary providing husbandry to nine arctic and three grey wolves. She was head of the fundraising committee there to raise enough funds to keep all the wolves well fed. She also worked at a dog boarding and daycare where she would hike with dogs, piling 10 dogs into her Subaru and hiking them off leash in the woods. After graduating, she worked seasonally with trail crews and on a mountain ranch. Being adventurous, she moved with her dog, Kenzii Puppinpawz to Fort Collins and attended Front Range Community College to get her degree as a veterinary technician. She currently works as a lead technician at Loveland Veterinary Clinic and has since 2015. As well as working as a veterinary nurse where she continues to expand her knowledge in animal medicine, she has worked for two seasons at Greenwood Wildlife Rehab Center in Longmont, CO. Now she is striving toward the dream of a Northern Colorado Wildlife Rehab Center with NoCo Wildlife Center as a board member!