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The West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center (WVRRC) is a non-profit (501-c-3) organization dedicated to the care of injured, sick, and orphaned birds of prey and their eventual release back into the wild. Created in 1983, the Center started as a one-man basement operation, now the 285-acre property includes an ICU for birds needing intensive care and a building with flight cages to help the healthier birds increase their wing strength. We can also do on-site presentations and educational hikes. The WVRRC staff typically travel 15,000 miles a year or more for education programs, all over the state of West Virginia and across the US.
Although the immediate and continuing short-term goal of the WVRRC is to provide rehabilitative treatment for the raptors in our care, the Center’s most urgent goal is long-term environmental education. We want to make sure that people understand that we’re all part of the same planet and that we share the same habitat and have the same basic needs. Scientific research on raptor rehabilitation, behavior, and ecology is an ongoing effort that aids in a better understanding of these birds of prey. The small puzzle pieces that we and others provide, not only assist us in our work with these birds but also help us to better understand the environmental tolerances that impact raptors as well as humans.
The WVRRC has developed and maintained an extensive volunteer network. The Center’s medical care staff, area veterinarians, educational program presenters, and administrative staff log thousands of hours each year. A Board of Directors consisting of individuals from the professional and scientific community, as well as the general public, guides the WVRRC’s activities.
Collin is a Master-Class, licensed Falconer in the state of West Virginia. He started this adventure by trapping his first Red-Tailed Hawk, Ace, from the wild when he was only 14 years old. Collin has also trained an American Kestrel for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA, and is one of the youngest people in the US to work with and train a Bald Eagle. Collin has volunteered at the WV Raptor Rehab Center in many different capacities such as helping with physical therapy of birds at his home in Tucker County, helping with educational programs, picking up injured birds, and much more. Collin was home-schooled and graduated in 2018. Right after graduation, he spent 10 months working at the Ararat Ridge Zoo located at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY. Over 7 years of experience working with the WVRRC and the Ararat Ridge Zoo has allowed Collin to work with a number of different birds including some that a raptor would consider "lunch". People are often amazed at Collin's God-given talent of working seemingly effortlessly with birds. Of course, if you ask him, he will assure you that there is more to training birds than meets the eye. Collin intends to step into the mission of the WVRRC as the new director and continue the work that they have done the past 38 years.
Marsha is a certified dog trainer with 25 years of training service and therapy animals, which included a breeding program for AKC registered Norwegian Elkhounds. She is a homeschool mom to her three children and a Sunday School and Bible teacher. As an entrepreneur, she has owned and operated a petting zoo, horse stable, and now an educational farm, Laurel Fork Farm LLC. She continues to educate the public on all aspects of farming from planting to preserving using Regenerative Agriculture. She is a West Virginia Master Gardener, a West Virginia Master Artisan in soap making and has sold her all natural products all over the US and many other countries. She is currently the property manager at Laurel River Club Bed & Breakfast.
BA History, University of Alabama Birmingham
MS Financial Management, Naval Postgraduate School
West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center, 2010-present
· Operations Director, 2011-2017
· Volunteer doing educational programs, rehabilitation
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Supervisory Special Agent, 1999-2019
· Quantico, VA: New Agent Class 99-11
· Minneapolis Division, Rapid City, SD Resident Agency
· Washington, DC: Intelligence Issues Group, Directorate of Intelligence, FBIHQ
· Quantico, VA: FBI Academy, Intelligence Analysts Training
· Criminal Justice Services Division, Clarksburg, WV: National Threat Operations Center, Bioterrorism Risk Assessment Group, Intelligence Group
United States Navy, Lieutenant Commander, Cryptologic Officer, 1988-1998
· Newport, RI: Officer Candidate School
· Washington, DC: Cryptologic Division Officer Course, Naval Security Group Headquarters
· Terceira Island, Azores: Operations Officer
· Edzell, Scotland: Operations Watch Officer, Training Officer, Division Officer
· Monterey, CA: Naval Postgraduate School
· Fort Meade, MD: National Security Agency, Military Support Group, Cryptologic Planning Group
· Fort Meade, MD: Naval Security Group Headquarters, Finance and Budget Unit
She is a married mother of three, currently all teens, and has volunteered with the WVRRC for over ten years rehabilitating raptors as well as doing educational programs. she has degree in wildlife and fisheries biology from WVU and have always loved nature and all animals. "I have truly enjoyed my years of working with these awesome birds."
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Simeon has a background in lending, specializing in Residential Real Estate mortgages. He is also the Praise & Worship Leader at his church and has been involved in Worship Ministry for the past 10 years of his life. "I consider Worship Ministry to be not only a passion, but what The Lord has called me to do here on Earth. I have a deep respect for WV wildlife and enjoy fishing with my son and wife. I love experiencing West Virginia’s beautiful scenery on my motorcycle.”
Luke was born and raised in Harman WV where he still resides. He has been married 8 years to his wife Trish. They are blessed with 3 sons and 1 daughter. He is a Registered Nurse and has worked at Davis Medical center for 17years. He enjoys Hunting, camping and many things outdoors. He attends church at Bowden Family Worship center. He has been on several mission trips to Haiti and has made good friends in the process.
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