The Times West Virginian

Local News

July 14, 2014

Abandoned young hawk rescued

FAIRMONT — A young broad-winged hawk has found a temporary home thanks to concerned citizens.

On Sunday, Officer Jeremiah Clark with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to a call of an abandoned broad-winged hawk in Katy. He said residents in the area had found the hawk in a ditch near 4H Camp Road and weren’t sure if it was injured or had just fallen from its nest.

Clark said the residents called the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, who forwarded the call the DNR. He said the resident told him there are usually two adult hawks that live in the area around this time of year.

“He suspects that the bird came from the nest that has been occupied every year,” Clark said.

From there, Clark took the bird to the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center (WVRRC) on Bunner Ridge Road for care. The WVRRC is a non-profit organization that rehabilitates birds of prey, also known as raptors, and releases them into their natural habitat when ready.

Mike Book, director of the WVRRC, said with this broad-winged hawk that was brought to the center on Sunday, they will look at the physical condition of the bird. He said broad-winged hawks are common in the area.

As for the condition of this hawk, Book said the bird is in “bad shape.” He said the hawk is below its average weight. If the bird had been abandoned by its parents, he said, there are two reasons to why it’s alone.

One reason would be that something happened to its parents where it had to fend for itself. The other reason would be that there is something wrong with the hawk and it was abandoned because of it.

“The parents aren’t going to take care of something that doesn’t have a chance to survive in the wild,” Book said. “They will put all their effort into feeding the healthy offspring. That’s the way Mother Nature works.”

Book said the volunteers at the WVRRC will feed the hawk and hopefully make it stronger to where they can release it back into the wild.

“People think that they’re abandoned and they’re not really abandoned but in some cases they would be,” he said. “If we can put them back where we got them, that’s what we do.”

In 2013, Book, said the WVRRC treated 97 raptors. With a recent upgrade in facilities, he said the hawk that was rescued Sunday will be the 96th raptor to come to the WVRRC this year.

Book said having the newly build facilities and people knowing how to get hold of the WVRRC is the reason why they have taken in more birds this year. He said this year they have released 60-65 percent of the raptors they’ve taken in.

For more information about the WVRRC visit their website at www.wvrrc.org.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Morgantown man charged with sexual abuse

    A Morgantown man has been arrested for the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Marion County.

    July 28, 2014

  • Storm Cleanup Cleanup continues after storms

    Residents and emergency crews continued to clean up the mess Monday from Sunday evening’s storms.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gayle Manchin: Issue of Common Core Standards has been politicized

    The state didn’t do a very good job of “telling the story” of Common Core Standards, state school board president Gayle Manchin said Monday morning, which opened the door for an onslaught of public and administrative criticism of something few understand.

    July 28, 2014

  • Purple Heart Memorial fundraising continues

     Despite three years of fundraising, a memorial remains unfinished.
    The Purple Heart Memorial was planned three years ago. It is part of the Vietnam Memorial at the Wave Tec Park and was planned to honor all of those who were wounded or killed in action in any war.
    Danny Greene has been working to complete the memorial since the project began. He is a member of the local Purple Heart Chapter.

    July 28, 2014

  • End of Fairview water project on tap

    Officials say the Fairview water line extension project is on track to meet the goal of making water available to all new customers by the end of this week.
    Fairview Mayor Arley Simmons said workers have recently been busy pulling samples and flushing the lines in order to get new customers hooked up for water service.
    “It should have been done a year ago,” he said of the project.
    However, the end of the endeavor is now nearing completion. The hope has been to have everybody on line before this month is over, Simmons said.

    July 28, 2014

  • Barbara Yanero.jpg Like a Springsteen song

     Barbara Yanero grew up in Monongah, on Shaver Street. The street has a long history. For quite some time, Polish and Italian immigrants lived on that street.
    Yanero’s family started living there with her great-grandparents, who moved there around 1927. Later, her great-grandfather made a house for her grandmother and grandfather out of a barn that was already on the property.
    “He was an amazing human being,” Yanero said. “And my mom and dad ended up living there as well, and now me.”
    In Monongah, the neighbors formed a tight-knit group.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local water project nearing completion

    Officials say the Fairview water line extension project is on track to meet the goal of making water available to all new customers by the end of this week.

    July 27, 2014

  • Fundraising continues for local military memorial

    Despite three years of fundraising, Marion County's Purple Heart Memorial remains unfinished.

    July 27, 2014

  • Therapy Riding 1 SS - CB.jpg Horses at On Eagles’ Wings help change lives for better: VIDEO AND PHOTOS

    Out at the end of a long gravel drive off Opekiska Ridge Road, nestled under the shade of the forest and the sun of the West Virginia hills, rests the green and gold pastures of On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship Center.
    There are horses there — whinnying out of their stall windows, munching in the paddock and, most importantly, helping people with disabilities gain strength and independence in the riding ring.

    July 27, 2014 9 Photos

  • Capito maintains edge in fundraising

    Republican candidate Shelley Moore Capito still leads Democratic candidate Natalie Tennant in fundraising efforts for election to the U.S. Senate seat.
    Current U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s announced his intention to retire from the Senate in January 2013.
    Capito announced her intention to run for the seat in November 2012, giving her an early start in raising campaign funds. Tennant, currently West Virginia secretary of state, announced her campaign 10 months later, in September 2013.

    July 27, 2014

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads