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WEST VIRGINIA RAPTOR REHABILITATION CENTER

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11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of people! My daughter and I enjoyed our tour and can't wait to go back and help out again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the wvrrc for the past several months and it has been a great experience. All of the volunteers and directors are very knowledgeable and passionate about taking proper and responsible care for their birds

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing, they do a great job finding these injured birds and nursing them back to health to release back into the wild for us all to enjoy. Definitely the best center in West Virginia.

Jessica V.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for almost eight years now. I use every Monday evening to do the daily tasks at the center. Every time I go it's a magical experience. New challenges pop up and I am always learning. The work the center does for birds of prey is so important. Getting them back to the wild after an injury or an illness is our main goal. We also care a lot about educating the general public on their ecological importance and the current laws that protect them

Jack O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had found an injured Coopers Hawk on my farm in early August 2020. He had an obvious head and wing injury, possibly from hitting a fence. An exam and xray confirmed the wing injury was old and in the healing process, however the head injury was fresh.

I contacted Raptor Rehab and they forwarded my contact to Nicole Gerard. Ironically, we live about 5 minutes apart. I had the Coopers Hawk in her care within 2 hours of finding him.

After 3 weeks of care and rehab, Coop was ready for release. Nicole brought him out to the farm to release him in the exact place I found him. The release was successful.

It has now been 2 weeks since his release. I hear him almost daily, screaming while he's hunting in our woods. One day he glided right over my head and perched in a tree about 50 yards away. Almost like he was thanking me.

Thank you Raptor Rehab. Carry on, Coop.

Ann L.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at WVRRC twice over the years. It is a wonderful organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of raptors and to the education of the public. Facilities are immaculate. Recently injured and Ill birds are cared for in the intensive care unit. Recovering birds are placed in outdoor flight cages in preparation for release when possible. Individual and group tours can be arranged. ❤️❤️❤️

Morgan F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered here for over 2 years while attending WVU and miss it every day. Wonderful volunteers keep this place running. I’ve seen too many raptors to count rescued and released here, that would have otherwise met their death if not for the WVRRC. Also a wonderful source for education programs. I urge anyone reading this to support them, by volunteering, donating money or supplies, scheduling an education program, or just spreading the word. I encourage college students in Agriculture or Wildlife programs to volunteer here too, I learned so much while I was here that was relevant to my education!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Honestly this was the coolest thing that I have ever taken my daughter to do!! It was such an educational and heartwarming place to visit. Nicole Was super knowledgeable about all of the birds and you could tell that she was very passionate about what she does. My daughter still to this day talks about our visit and all the different owls and birds that she saw!

Sarah L.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

WVRRC is an amazing organization. Birds in need of rehab are not considered “lucky”, but they are lucky to end up in the care of this center. The staff goes above and beyond to make sure every bird is given the best possible care. They also do a lot of education. Helping people understand the importance of raptors and how you can help them. I’d give them 10 stars if I could!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

I am extremely concerned about the way the animals are cared for at this organization. I have years of professional experience working with raptors and after volunteering for WVRRC, I do not believe the board is properly managing the collection of birds in their possession. The organization recently went through some changes in board leadership and currently there is no one involved with the veterinary, husbandry, or natural history expertise to manage a collection of wild birds.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. Birds of prey that have been illegally trapped, shot or injured are brought in from all across West Virginia and the veterinarians and other volunteers do everything they can to help save them! Once they are able to care for themselves they are released back into the wild.

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