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Three Rivers Avian Center (“TRAC”) is a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to wild bird conservation and to educating and involving people in ecosystem stewardship. Founded in 1990, TRAC’s 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. TRAC’s extensive website is available at www.tracwv.org. The public is invited to come visit during our free public tour days. These are held on the first Saturday of each month May - October from 1 - 5 pm. All other tours are by appointment only.
How You Can Help :
*Make a Monetary Donation: As a non-profit, non-governmental organization, TRAC relies on the donations of concerned individuals and groups to help care for non-game wild birds in need. Your donation is fully tax deductible under IRS code 501(c)3. Please give generously. In the last 20 years, breeding bird surveys have indicated that we have lost over 42% of the migratory birds that used to fill our skies. TRAC is trying to stem the disastrous tide by providing medical care to birds in need and educational outreach to the public to try to prevent further injuries and deaths. Your financial contribution can make a big difference in the lives of our feathered friends.
Invite the Birds to Visit Your Group: The very popular and award winning Birds of Prey in West Virginia program from Three Rivers Avian Center is available now to your group, class or community organization. Each highly interactive program features live, non-releasable raptors, a touchable display of feathers, and brochures on native bird and wildlife care. Each program is tailored to the size, ages and needs of the audience. Presentation honorariums help the Center continue our work caring for wild birds.
*Veterinary & Rehabilitative Care: Emergency care, surgery, hospitalization and a full range of physical therapy treatments for non-game & endangered wild birds is provided by a coordinated network of 20 hospice veterinarians combined with a statewide support crew of volunteers and on-site staff. From hummingbirds to eagles, wading birds to soaring birds, TRAC cares for each species’ individual requirements; including diet, perching, water access, caging substrates, light levels, and behavioral needs.
TRAC has treated 2,747 patients representing 105 species from 1990 through 2008, releasing almost half. Recovered patients are usually released back into their native environments to help ensure their long-term survival unless there is some overwhelming reason to release the individual in a safer habitat elsewhere. Annual reports of the patients we have cared for are posted on our web page at www.tracwv.org/birdsin.html.
*Public Environmental Education: TRAC’s award-winning public outreach programs are carefully designed to help individuals understand the native birds and ecosystems around them and to encourage individuals in ecosystem stewardship. Schools, universities, civic groups, child care groups, state parks and forests are just a few who regularly request our programs, allowing us to reach over 194,480 individuals from the beginning of our outreach efforts in 1993 through 2008. In 2008 TRAC broke our previous annual attendance records, reaching 20,680 people during the course of the year. A full listing of upcoming events is available on our website: www.tracwv.org/upcoming.html.
Also as a part of our public outreach, TRAC publishes a quarterly newsletter “The Raptor Chapter”; maintains an extensive Internet website (www.tracwv.org) with over 700 hits daily; and has created and administers the “Migration Celebration”, a unique festival designed to interest the public in West Virginia, our birds and our natural heritage. The annual Migration Celebration is held at Little Beaver State Park near Beckley, WV on the second Saturday in May (International Migratory Bird Day) with the active support of the WV Division of Culture and History, the WV Department of Natural Resources, the WV Department of Agriculture Insect Survey, National Park Service - New River Gorge National River, WV Falconers, birders, photographers, storytellers, reenactors and many others.
Understanding all aspects of a species is a vital part of any
wildlife-centered program. TRAC helps provide data for research
projects focused on native avian populations and avian habitats,
including location found, blood samples, feather and tissue samples,
cause of injury or illness, observed physical movements, and behavioral
details among others. Information is also shared on-line with
other wildlife rehabilitation groups and educators around the United
States and the world.
Three Rivers Avian Center, the WV Department of Natural
Resources, the National Park Service - New River Gorge and the College
of William & Mary’s Center for Conservation Biology have joined
together in a five year effort to reestablish peregrine falcon
populations in their native southern Appalachian haunts.
with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and State Wildlife Biologists
from Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, young peregrines are taken
from dangerous nesting sites in each state and brought to the New River
Gorge near Fayetteville and Beckley, West Virginia to be raised and
released. When the project was terminated in 2011, 120
Peregrines had been introduced to the gorge. The final reports
for each year are available by going to our scrap book, clicking on the
Peregrine Restoration, 6 Year Project link.
In addition, Executive Director Wendy Perrone and Education Director Ron Perrone have each received the Distinguished Mountaineer Award from Governor Joe Manchin recognizing over 15 years of dedication to wild bird care and to public environmental education programs that offer a rare pro-active and positive environmental prospective.