The West Virginia Raptor Center is run by Mike Book, a former wildlife student at WVU with the help of 40 or more volunteers. Presently their education program is assisted by Vadar, a turkey vulture, and William, a non-releasable barred owl. The center schedules educational programs which run one hour, but can be flexible. Donations are requested to help defray the costs of holding and feeding the birds.
There are several programs already booked for the next few months when you can see these great birds and learn more about their ecology:
Noon-2pm today, Marion County Mast Naturalist Program, Fairmont.
11am and 1pm, April 17, Martinsburg.
Noon-3pm, April 24, Clay Center Earth Day Festival, Charleston.
May 1, Cheat River Festival, Albright.
2pm, July 17, Festival of Memories, Lincoln Theater, New Martinsville.
July 17, Springfield Volunteer Fire Co. Festival.
Oct 2, Freshwater Folk Festival, White Sulphur Springs.
If you are interested in volunteering at the center, go online at wvrrc.org and fill out an application, or call 304-366-2867.