Edited from a Press Release
"Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey" program featured at 14 West Virginia State Parks in 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The “Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey" program series will be featured at 14 state parks in 2016. Ron and Wendy Perrone of Three Rivers Avian Center will present the birds and information about each species. The presentation includes information about the incredible abilities of raptors, their differences, and how birds are connected with their ecosystems.

"We feature the program every year, and every year it is wonderful," says Cheryle Boggs, seasonal naturalist at Watoga State Park. "Birds, and particularly raptors, are fascinating.”

Three Rivers Avian Center is scheduled to present “Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey” at these West Virginia state parks and forests. Location and presentation times are posted on each park's events website, or call the park for times.

Special summer programs and a variety of daily activities are conducted at West Virginia state parks and are open to the public at no charge. Times vary and should be confirmed with individual parks. For more information about special programs, click on Park Programs at www.wvstateparks.com.

Why outdoor education works

Three Rivers Avian Center started presenting programs in West Virginia State Parks in 1993. Its popularity and response has been outstanding. “People are genuinely interested in raptors, conservation of birds and visiting a state park and being outdoors,” says Sissie Summers, programming coordinator for West Virginia State Parks.

“In June 2000, we presented a program at an area that is well known for its great fishing opportunities," Center Executive Director Wendy Perrone says. "Part of the program focused on the effects on wildlife from abandoned tangles of fishing line left hanging in trees, brush and in the water. Some of the injuries seen here are from fishing line entanglements and many have been horrific. A few of the stories and some involving the death of birds were shared with the audience. At the end of the program, as we were talking with visitors and local residents, a little girl broke away from the crowd and ran over to a nearby tree that was leaning out over the water. She returned, came up to me and triumphantly handed me a piece of tangled fishing line, complete with bobber that had been hanging in the tree. She announced that she and her friends would be collecting fishing line ‘from now on!’ We still have that bobber in the TRAC van.”

About: Three Rivers Avian Center

Three Rivers Avian Center is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to wild bird conservation and to educating and involving people in ecosystem stewardship. Founded in 1990, the 103 acre facility is located in the southern portion of the New River Gorge National River, between Sandstone and Hinton in Summers County, West Virginia. Executive Director Wendy Perrone is a graduate of Guilford College and currently serves as the New River Gorge Peregrine Restoration Coordinator, a five-year effort to reestablish peregrine falcon populations in their native southern Appalachian haunts. 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.

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