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Eagle Valley Raptor Center Inc.
April 3, 2010

My husband and I are nature lovers, and I wanted a way to surprise him with something really special for our anniversary. We had been hearing about Eagle Valley for years in the news regarding rescues and releases of local birds like hawks, owls, and eagles (and sometimes unusual ones, like pelicans). I had heard the director would offer educational tours, so I scheduled one for just my husband and I. We were amazed at the tranquility and spacious rehabilitation facility this man has achieved simply by using his rural acreage to serve hurt wildlife. The pens are perfectly suited to the animals, they have spaces to practice their flying as they grow stronger, and the birds on their way to release are protected from human contact so they don't become too tame while recuperating. It is clear that Ken and his wife are FULL-time on this mission and have invested so much in their found orphans. Email updates keep supporters informed with stories and pictures of their triumphs and tragedies. Ken is also regularly appearing with his program birds (unable to ever be released to the wild) at Boy Scout events, local charities and fundraisers, news & community programs, schools, and the local science museum: Exploration Place. Ken also has a long-standing relationship with the University of Kansas State where their veterinarian program students and professors are invloved in all his serious bird health issues. The drive is over 2 hours, one way, but Ken will make the trip several times in a week if he has a raptor in serious condition. After spending an hour with Ken on our first tour, we understood the heart of this man for the orphaned and injured birds of our state. His program deserves your award demonstrating the level of professionalism, commitment, and community service Ken humbly and enthusiastically performs in our state every day of his life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Ken's attitude is all-out, do whatever it takes to help the orphaned or injured birds who come his way. He never pesters people for donations or makes a big deal out of it. He just humbly serves our wildlife with all his heart.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & first time - tour, since then - weekly mailings, next week - taking a high school group of volunteers on site for spring work day.