PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University welcomes a new veterinarian for Nature Reach this week.

Nature Reach has had the same veterinarian since opening in 1985.

Broadway Animal Hospital Owner and Veterinarian Heather Wallace will now be serving the program.

“We have been here for about a year and we have really enjoyed Pittsburg,” Wallace said. “We are excited to get involved in the university.”

PSU’s Nature Reach is a natural history and environmental outreach program where students and community groups can learn about its collection of over 50 animals.

The previous veterinarian was Dick Peterson, who recently retired after 42 years practicing veterinary medicine. He also owned the Langdon Lane Animal Hospital.

Peterson helped a variety of animals at Nature Reach — including hawks and owls.

Peterson said he has many memories over the past 30 years, one of which is learning that it takes four people to hold down a Bald Eagle and some parrots are not that nice.

“He was noisy and could hurt you,” he said about a parrot which lived at Nature Reach.  

An outdoorsman, Peterson said he looks forward to the weather warming up in town and fishing.

Director of Nature Reach Delia Lister said she is sad to see Peterson go, but is excited to see Wallace come on board.

“We are looking forward to a fresh set of eyes,” Lister said. “I hope she gets something out of it as well.”

Wallace has already been put to work at Nature Reach, assisting a Harris’s Hawk named Harriet and some ferrets.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.