Year: 
2016
Project Leader: 
Mitch Whitaker
Department/Program: 
Letcher County Wildlife Rehabilitation Program and 4-H Raptor Program
Funding Received: 
$500

Built in 2011, Letcher Co. Wildlife Rehab facility is 3300 sq. ft. and is located on 30 acres of land. The facility houses injured hawks and owls and meets all Dept. of Fish and Wildlife requirements for rehabilitation, maintenance, and care of migratory birds. Currently the facility has 22 residents consisting of 4 different species of hawks, three species of owls, a turkey buzzard, and one crow. The goal of this project is to build a facility to house non-releasable eagles. This addition to our existing facility would increase our ability to present new native species for educational and recreational purposes not to mention the popularity and awareness such an exhibit would bring to our area. This project involves Extension, 4-H, Kentucky and Virginia wildlife officials, public schools and colleges. Students gain leadership skills, engage in community involvement, and explore careers in wildlife management.