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WEST VIRGINIA RAPTOR REHABILITATION CENTER

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Causes: Animals, Veterinary Services, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Our Mission is to rehabilitate and release injured, sick, and orphaned birds of prey. Also to provide environmental education programs to the public for the benefit of all living things. To fulfill our mission, we need your help.

Target demographics: to help injured, sick and orphaned raptors heal and be released back into the wild

Geographic areas served: West Virginia

Programs: educational programs to help the public learn about these amazing birds and their impact on the environment

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with WVRRC since 2014, and I’ve seen the raptor center help so many birds. I’ve helped with transport and training of birds for educational use. Love the difference the organization has made and I’m proud to help carry on that legacy.

2 Robert S.18

Donor

Rating: 5

i have visited WVRRC and was amazed at the facility for the care of the injured raptors. The director, Collin Waybright, is a certified Master Falconer by both Federal and state of West Virginia. His love and care for the birds is remarkable. His vast knowledge of the habits of the various species of the birds of prey is astounding. I watched him treat and medicate an injured red-tail hawk recently. He gives first-class educational demonstrations and lectures to the general public and school children at the facility and also at outside venues
I am learning a lot from Collin and hope to be a volunteer to the center at some point.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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1 Buddy A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We had Collin Waybright,do a bird of prey demo at our annual native american pow wow,He and the demonstration were very well orginized and well done,was a huge hit with the spectators and we hope to have him and the birds back next year

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I helped the west virginia raptor rehabilitation center add some floor to their office space. They gave me a tour while I was there and was surprised to hear of the number of birds that they were helping to mend. Collin is very passionate about the animals in his care and enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge about the birds with those around him. I think this would be an excellent place to take a school field or youth group.

1 Tiffany W.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The WVRRC is an amazing Rehab center.
They have amazing education programs that are very informational and that holds your attention. You will learn so much about raptors, what they do and how they live and how the WVRRC helps to get injured birds back out into the wild.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful place with some awesome staff! Can't wait to see the growth that happens with this already great facility and the awesome people who pour their hearts into it.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and extended family all wholeheartedly suggest to visit and support the WV raptor center! We frequently visit the area, and always look forward to spending time in the beautiful valley and enjoying the flora and fauna, for which the center and people there are important educators and caretakers. We know some of the dedicated stewards there and are confident that they are continuing to build the center as a successful local place to go to for learning and care!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have seen this organization help so many birds as well as people. Education is their passion and it shows.

1 Stephanie C.18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the work the WVRRC does! Everyone there has such a deep respect and love for the birds. They also love sharing their knowledge with the community!!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WVRRC has given me, not only some amazing new friends, but an unforgettable experience working with amazing and beautiful creatures. The rehabilitation process for many of the birds WVRRC encounters can take weeks, months or sometimes years but no matter the problem, if it is in their power to rehab a bird and give it a new opportunity at a fantastic life they see it through until the very end. I have been inspired to relate much of my mandatory school research to raptors, especially those cared for at WVRRC. I would love to see the public get more involved with the program, as the current directors offer amazing in depth, educational, and fun tours for all age groups.
I spent this previous summer at the WVRRC as a volunteer amd used the position as my required summer internship for college. I am in the wildlife and fisheries field and can truly say I have grasped a greater knowledge of our states Raptors through the WVRRC Program than I ever would have in a classroom.
I loved my time at the WVRRC and cannot wait until I am able to return to the program and help them better the lives of our injured raptors in West Virginia.

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!

1

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

1

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.

1 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

1 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.

1 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. ❤️❤️❤️

1 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!

Veronica M.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a great visit at the wv raptor rehabilitation center ! We chose a shorter tour but it was so interesting we would love to return for a longer visit! Thank you and keep up the great work !!!

1

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!

1 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!

4

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.

3

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.

Review from Guidestar