Birds of Prey summer program returns to W.Va. State Parks

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Wendy Perrone cares for raptors
Perrone presents birds of prey in WV.

Three Rivers Avian Center will present its popular “Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey” program at 12 West Virginia state parks in summer 2017, introducing audiences across the Mountain State to live birds of prey.

The avian center’s programs have been park favorites for more than 20 years, said Sissie Summers of the Parks and Recreation Section of the state Division of Natural Resources.

“Wendy and Ron Perrone have been summer presenters at our state parks since 1993, and they are always happy to share their stories of rehabilitating injured owls, hawks and eagles,” Summers said.

“Attendees learn about the habitat, diet, and behavior of each bird, the most common causes of injury to each species, and the laws protecting these special birds.”

The program is free for anyone to attend at the following West Virginia parks and forests:

West Virginia ParkDateTimePark Phone
 Blackwater Falls State ParkJune 177:30 p.m.304-259-5216
 Watoga State ParkJuly 82 p.m.304-799-4087
 Lost River State ParkAug. 22 p.m.304-897-5372
 Cacapon Resort State ParkAug. 27 p.m.304-258-1022
 Blennerhassett Island State ParkAug. 121:30 p.m.304-420-4800
 North Bend State ParkAug. 127:30 p.m.304-643-2931
 Tomlinson Run State ParkAug. 131 p.m.304-564-3651
 Holly River State ParkAug. 193 p.m.304-493-6353
 Audra State ParkAug. 197 p.m.304-457-1162
 Pipestem State ParkSept. 17 p.m.304-466-1800
 Beech Fork Lake State ParkSept. 37 p.m.304-528-5794
 Kanawha State ForestSept. 161 p.m.304-558-3500

About Three Rivers Avian Center

Three Rivers Avian Center is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to wild bird conservation and educating and involving people in ecosystem stewardship. Founded in 1990, its 103-acre facility is located in the southern New River Gorge National River between near Hinton, West Virginia, in Summers County. Its executive director, Wendy Perrone, is a graduate of Guilford College and currently serves as coordinator for the New River Gorge Peregrine Restoration, a five-year effort to re-establish peregrine falcon in its native southern Appalachia. Education Director Ron Perrone is a graduate of West Virginia University. The Perrones are involved in many interpretative based organizations, wildlife rehabilitation organizations and assist conservation agencies as appropriate.

Public tour days at Three Rivers Avian Center are the first Saturday of each month, May through October, from 1 to 5 p.m. Other tours are scheduled by appointment only. The center is located near Bluestone and Pipestem Resort state parks. For more information about Three Rivers Avian Center, call 304-466-4683 or visit www.tracwv.org.