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Hawk Mountain receives grant from the Philadelphia Foundation for raptor care and conservation

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is pleased to announce it has received a grant in the amount of $7,422.60  from the Gloria M. Young Ornithological Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation to support the care, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the Sanctuary's on-site education birds and other raptor conservation programs.

 

"We’re always grateful for raptor care support. Our non-releasable hawks and owls are amazing in education programs, but they require food and water, health care, and trained staff and volunteers, year-round, to handle the birds,” says Director of Development Mary Linkevich. “It’s an expense people often forget about.”

 

Some of the support allows the Sanctuary to offer annual training for staff and volunteers. Earlier this year, for instance, Hawk Mountain collaborated with The University of Minnesota's Raptor Center to host a raptor care and management workshop for raptor handlers of Hawk Mountain and the surrounding region.

 

"Not only did this provide expert enrichment for our own staff and raptor care volunteers, but it also brought in a unique resource to benefit other nature centers and educators," Linkevich said.

 

The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) is committed to improving the quality of life in the Pennsylvania counties of Greater Philadelphia. A foundation and public charity, TPF connects philanthropic resources to societal needs. TPF manages assets of approximately $370 million and more than 900 charitable funds established by its fund holders. It distributes about $25 million annually to nearly 1000 nonprofits as grants and scholarships, and promotes greater philanthropy and stronger nonprofits in service to community needs.

 

The 2,500-acre Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and is open to the public year-round by trail-fee or membership, which in turn supports the non-profit organization’s raptor conservation mission and local-to-global research, training, and education programs. To learn more about Hawk Mountain or other programs, please call 610-756-6961 or visit www.hawkmountain.org.

 

(Information from Gigi Romano)


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