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     Dianne Benson Davis spends her days caring for the bald eagles, red foxes, river otters, owls, snakes, turtles, lizards, ferrets (and a love-struck scarlet macaw named O’Hara) that make their home at the EcoTarium, a science and nature museum in Worcester, Massachusetts.  In addition to her vet tech responsibilities Dianne also gives weekly educational lectures on the topics of birds of prey and reptiles introducing live hawks, owls, snakes, lizards and turtles in her presentations to the thousands of children and adults who visit the EcoTarium annually.

dianne davis eagle one       Born and raised in Worcester, her love of animals and nature led her to volunteer at the Worcester Science Center (now the EcoTarium) as one of their first Junior Naturalists. She was then hired as a zookeeper where she was deeply involved with the care of the first polar bear cubs born at the facility.

      After leaving the Science Center she became a wildlife rehabilitator and falconer, developing a twenty year relationship with a red-tailed hawk named “Habiba."   In 1985, Dianne was asked to raise eight bald eagle chicks at Quabbin Reservoir as part of a state Fisheries and Wildlife project to restore the national bird to Massachusetts.  Dianne lived alone in a tent trailer in a remote area of the Quabbin, caring for the eagles which nested on a 30 foot tower.  She maintained a detailed journal of that summer and continued to feed and track the birds well after they were released to begin their life in the wild.

       After the break-up of her marriage, the independence and confidence she gained working with the eagles helped her find a rewarding job caring for animals and working with veterinary students at the Tufts Veterinary School’s Wildlife Clinic.  She went back to school while working full-time and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in natural science from Worcester State University, raised her daughter Becky, happily remarried, and had a son, Ben.  Dianne's career eventually came full circle when she returned to the Ecotarium in the position she holds today.  She also works part time for the Massachusetts Audubon Society as a natural history guide, leading walks and teaching groups of children and adults about the natural wonders that surround them. 

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