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Raptors Raise $4,126 for Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County

Posted Nov. 15, 2013, at 9:27 a.m.
Wind Over Wings President Hope Douglas with Great Horned Owl
Wind Over Wings President Hope Douglas with Great Horned Owl
Carol Fackler of Wind Over Wings presenting American Kestral to members of the audience
Carol Fackler of Wind Over Wings presenting American Kestral to members of the audience

(THOMASTON, ME): Birds of prey mesmerized a large crowd on Saturday, November 9 at Thomaston’s Watts Hall when representatives of Wind Over Wings (WOW), a non-profit wildlife organization, presented an informative program and demonstration about these special animals. Proceeds from the event, which totaled $2,063, were donated to the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County’s (PMHSKC) Capital Campaign. PMHSKC donor Lyman Pope pledged to double the amount raised at this event, so PMHSKC received a final total of $4,126.

Five special birds in the care of Wind Over Wings were presented to the audience by WOW representatives Hope Douglas, Sue Barker, Heather Rowe, and Carol Fackler. These included two Saw-Whet Owls, an American Kestrel, a Golden Eagle, and Great Horned Owl. The audience had the opportunity to get a close up view of each bird, as it was carried throughout the room while its story was told.

The event also included recognition to Bobs McAleenan, a supporter of WOW and PMHSKC, who brought the two groups together for this special event.

“Over 100 people joined us for this fascinating and entertaining program. I am thrilled with the turnout and the resulting donation to PMHSKC,” said PMHSKC Executive Director Tracy Sala.

Wind Over Wings President Hope Douglas added: “I hope that this presentation has inspired people to think about conservation of the amazing wildlife around us, and to support PMHSKC’s efforts in caring for homeless companion animals in this community,”

Wind Over Wings is a nonprofit, wildlife educational organization featuring (that cares for?) magnificent birds who are unable to survive in their natural environment. Their goal is to offer educational programs providing a personal connection with wildlife that will lead to responsible stewardship of the environment. Originally incorporated as a nonprofit in 1990, Wind Over Wings programs were established in Connecticut and have now permanently relocated to Maine with the guidance of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Maine Department of Inland Fish & Wildlife.

The PMHSKC was founded in 1989 to provide care, protection, and loving homes for abandoned and homeless companion animals in the Midcoast Maine area. The Society operates an animal shelter located between the Dexter Street Extension and Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston that is open between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays). The Humane Society of Knox County provides animal support services to the towns of Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville, Tenants Harbor, S. Thomaston (including Spruce Head), Hope, Union, Appleton, Montville, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, and Morrill.

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