Bird Sanctuary Expanding Facilities

Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky is expanding its Louisville operation.   The organization cares for sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey.

Metro Parks has purchased just over four acres adjacent to the existing facility off Six Mile Lane to facilitate the program’s growth. 

“It going to be wonderful, because its going to enable us to take care of more birds, its going to enable us to have bigger cages. The federal government requires us to have very large cages, and we have adequate cages, but it would be nice to have larger ones, and this summer we were so busy with birds,” said Eileen Wicker, Raptor Rehabilitation’s executive director.

The property was purchased with $70,000 in Community Infrastructure Funds secured by Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer. Another $100,000 was appropriated to prepare the property for the expansion.

Last year, Raptor Rehabilitation cared for more than 200 birds of prey, including owls, hawks, falcons and vultures.

(Story and photo by WFPL intern Andy Freudenberg)