Volunteer Spotlight at Felix Neck

Felix Neck is grateful for all the volunteers that help out at the wildlife sanctuary. Read some of their stories.

Jean-Marc Dupon

Jean-Marc Dupon began volunteering at Felix Neck 12 years ago when he started dating Sanctuary Director Suzan Bellincampi (now his wife). Over the years, the sanctuary literally became his back yard when he moved to the staff house and became the property caretaker. Read More >

Jean Loud

Jean Loud has been a volunteer with the Osprey Monitoring Program for 30 years. In 1987, she and her family helped former Sanctuary Director Gus Ben David put up osprey pole #88, which you may know as the prodigious nest standing at the mouth of Oak Bluffs Harbor. Read More >

Elder Services of Cape Cod logo

Elder Services of Cape Cod & The Islands (ESCCI) is collaborating with Felix Neck this year though their Mature Workers Program. And we're lucky enough to have two workers through the program—Marianne Green and R George Eli. Read More >

Felix Neck volunteer Marissa Quist
Felix Neck volunteer Marissa Quist

This past spring, Felix Neck gained a valuable contributor to our already impressive team of volunteers. With a master’s degree in Aquaculture and previous work experience as an aquarist at the New England Aquarium, it came as no surprise that Marissa quickly took to the care and maintenance of our animal exhibits. Read More

Sam has been a volunteer at Felix Neck for about six months. He wanted to learn more about local ecology and conservation, and he's since found himself doing everything from clearing invasives to monitoring oystercatchers—and loving every minute. Read More

Rae Manson Carter, volunteer at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

For more than 15 years, Rae Manson Carter has been an integral part of the Felix Neck community. During this time, Rae has volunteered in many activities of the sanctuary. She can always be counted on for just about anything from assisting staff with kayak tours on Sengekontacket Pond to volunteering on the “Skipper” during our Marine Discovery tours of the Vineyard Sound. There is no better ‘first mate’ than Rae. Read More

A sheep with a Windemere resident

The Windemere program started with our Education Coordinator Josey Kirkland and her dream to bring nature to individuals who were not able to explore it for themselves. Residents of Windemere’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are mostly immobile and have restricted access to the outdoors.

Susan Straight

While new to volunteering with Felix Neck, Susan is no stranger to the sanctuary. Susan shares her memories and new experiences. 

Kayla Smith is a senior at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in environmental conservation. She spends her summers working on the Vineyard and was looking for an organization to volunteer with to fulfill a requirement for graduation.