2011 PROJECT PLANS
FWMA has multiple projects in the planning stage, including:
- Bird of Prey Aviaries -
Using standards set forth by USFWS it is imperative that we focus our attention and additional grants on repairing and expanding our bird of prey aviaries. New standards require that caging for large birds of prey be at least 60 – 100ft long, 16ft high and 20ft wide. Through time, our existing 45ft aviary has warped and become unstable and therefore unusable. USFWS also require the use of all wood slats with no mesh and no middle support beams. This project will need an enormous budget plus the help of an architect and engineer. In order to accomplish this project we will need a) a time line, b) an architect’s drawing, c) a supply list and budget and d) estimates from contractors. As this is going to take some time to plan, acquire funding and build we should consider fixing the roof on our existing flight cage in the interim.
- Songbird Aviary -
We need to create a predator proof aviary for the songbirds. This could be accomplished by building a 20ft x 20ft x 10ft pool screen room with metal roof and then screening the outside with 1/4 inch hardware cloth filling any gaps with foam insulation. In order to accomplish this project we could put out a plea for used pool screen panels and donations for this project.
- Two Deer Houses -
We need two additional deer houses 12ft x 16ft x 8ft lean to for the medium and large deer pen. This would give adequate shelter for the deer. We presently have some of the supplies to start this project. The deer will be released mid-February so March would be a great time to start this project.
- Student Work Program - Donations are needed to provide training, room and board and salary for 4-5 interns in 2011. Interns provide vital help to the animals and learn valuable skills to care for wildlife. If you can make a donation to help fund an intern position, please donate using the Paypal button on our home page, and send Chris a quick email with your name and PayPal email address to let her know your donation is for the Student Work Program.