PAWS Magazine

Issue 65, Fall 2006

Eagle Scout Helps Raptors at PAWS

Photo of scout with raptor mew Volunteers complete many amazing projects to help the animals at PAWS, and this summer one such project came to life at our Wildlife Center. Roger Bumgarner of Kenmore chose to help injured wildlife for his Eagle Scout project. In order for Boy Scouts to receive their Eagle Scout ranking they must show leadership through the completion of a community service project. Roger decided to build a raptor mew for PAWS. A raptor mew is an outdoor flight enclosure for birds of prey, and is usually constructed of slatted wood panels to provide plenty of light and ventilation for the birds while they are housed in the enclosure. Recovering hawks and owls can fly freely within the enclosure to condition their flight muscles before release back into the wild. Because PAWS Wildlife Center was founded in the early 1980’s, many of our flight enclosures are aging and in need of replacement. Roger raised the funds for his project, purchased the supplies, and then, recruiting his friends, family and fellow Troop 420 members to assist, built the structure on PAWS’ campus. The new raptor mew is a wonderful addition to our suite of outdoor enclosures for recuperating wild patients. Thank you Roger for all your hard work and leadership.

If you are interested in carrying out an Eagle Scout or other service project for PAWS Wildlife Center, we have many needs, including additional raptor mews! Please contact Jim Green at 425.787.2500 x819.


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