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News Release: June 1, 2017

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Sissie Summers Parks and Recreation Section 304-558-2764 Sissie.A.Summers@wv.gov

“Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey” Summer Program Returns to West Virginia State Parks

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Three Rivers Avian Center will return to West Virginia State Parks this summer with their popular “Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey” program. The presentation includes live birds of prey, information about the incredible abilities of raptors, their differences and how birds are connected with their ecosystems.

“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,” said Sissie Summers of the Parks and Recreation Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “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 state parks and forests:





Blackwater Falls State Park

June 17

7:30 p.m.


Watoga State Park

July 8

2 p.m.


Lost River State Park

Aug. 2

2 p.m.


Cacapon Resort State Park

Aug. 2

7 p.m.


Blennerhassett Island State Park

Aug. 12

1:30 p.m.


North Bend State Park

Aug. 12

7:30 p.m.


Tomlinson Run State Park

Aug. 13

1 p.m.


Holly River State Park

Aug. 19

3 p.m.


Audra State Park

Aug. 19

7 p.m.


Pipestem State Park

Sept. 1

7 p.m.


Beech Fork Lake State Park

Sept. 3

7 p.m.


Kanawha State Forest

Sept. 16

1 p.m.


About Three Rivers Avian Center

Three Rivers Avian Center is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to wild bird conservation and 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. 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 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.

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.


Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Wendy Perrone and friends from the Three Rivers Avian Center
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Wendy Perrone and friends from the Three Rivers Avian Center