Elizabeth (Libby) Peck ’16 Elizabeth (Libby) Peck ’16 is a senior from York, Maine. As an environmental studies major with a concentration in animal studies, Libby chose to come to Green Mountain College for the small campus experience and environmental focus.
“I wanted to go to an environmental school that was small because I felt like I would get the most out of my education. I also wanted to do an environmental and animal focus, which you can’t really do anywhere else.”
Libby is a wildlife rehabilitator who trained in Maine at the York Center for Wildlife. “We took in injured, ill, or orphaned wildlife and treated and/or raised them. We then released them back into the wild. Here, I work with Sally Beckwith, a local small mammal rehabber. We work with small mammals such as squirrels, rabbits, porcupines, and opossums.”
Libby has always loved animals, a big reason behind her concentration in animal studies. She is the president of the Animal Welfare and Appreciation club and volunteers at the Rutland County Humane Society cleaning the cat rooms. She used to be an adoption counselor alongside other club members.
For her environmental studies internship, Libby went through the process of getting licensed as a Vermont state wildlife rehabilitator. As part of her internship she rescued several turtles from a school and helped rehabilitate them on campus. This included taking them for sunbaths on nice days.
Libby has also helped research and write some of the animal policies on campus. She took an interest in writing animal policy when she took some of Sam Edward’s classes – she especially enjoys the animal, wildlife, and environmental law classes he teaches.
After graduation Libby is going to work in wildlife rehabilitation and is interested in going to law school.