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Melissa Pavlik Wolfslayer ’82 Named Volunteer of the Year

Melissa Wolfslayer with Spectacled Owl

Melissa Wolfslayer, National Aviary Volunteer of the Year, with a spectacled owl

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh named Melissa Pavlik Wolfslayer ’82 its 2017 Volunteer of the Year. Since 2013, she has spent more than 2,000 hours sharing her knowledge about the aviary’s more than 150 bird species.

“Teaching all ages about the characteristics of birds and their unique adaptations is very exciting and rewarding for me,” she said. Melissa’s experience as a special education teacher across several states provided an easy transition to leading classes at the aviary.

Melissa Wolfslayer with African penguins

Melissa Wolfslayer with African penguins

A native of Plum Borough, she is one of more than 300 aviary volunteers.