Learning from Wildlife

The Paul C. Kupchok Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is home to nearly 50 permanently disabled or imprinted raptors and other wildlife. Licensed by the Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to maintain and rehabilitate birds of prey, the Center treats, rehabilitates and releases injured, orphaned or distressed birds. It specializes in hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and vultures. Songbirds and small mammals also are handled on occasion.

Children learn from a staff of state-licensed wildlife rehabilitators, an environmental educator and animal caretaker. Environmental classes provide opportunities for children to learn and appreciate nature and promote awareness of environmental conservation. Students assist in animal care by preparing diets, cleaning bowls and participating in various aspects of animal medical treatments.

Institute Interns support the program by assisting wildlife classes, working one-on-one with students, learning about wildlife rehabilitation, maintaining the center and serving as primary caregivers for the animals.