(A Peregrine Falcon, held by Heather Brurud of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Left to right, Dr. Erik Stauber of the school’s small animal medicine faculty, spoke to Potlatch Corporation’s Dr. Terrance Cundy, Idaho Region environmental and technical services manager, and Matt Van Vleet, corporate communication director. Potlatch was a major donor to the refurbishment project. Photo by Tim Marsh, University Relations)
PULLMAN – Ironically, a building that once protected poultry from birds of prey has been refurbished to care for the very same predators.
WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine hosted a grand opening for the completion of Phase 1 of its refurbished raptor center facilities.
WSU’s veterinary college treats 100 or more birds of prey annually. As many as possible are rehabilitated and released back to the wild.
Funds for refurbishing the old turkey house came from generous donations and some university resources.
Most notably, Potlatch Corporation gave $25,000 for the effort, as did a private foundation along with numerous private donors.
The WSU Raptor Rehabilitation Club open to all students has earned more than $11,000 through their fundraising efforts and endowed funds contributed $31,000 in interest earnings.
Phase 1 completed much needed flight cages and optimal enclosures for the birds. Phase 2 will follow with donations to replace siding and finish out an office, food preparation area, and small examination room.
The building was originally part of then Washington State College’s world renowned poultry husbandry program and housed turkeys.
It was part of the larger Carver Poultry Farm, named after John S. Carver, long-time chair of the poultry husbandry program and a nationally known poultry nutritionist.
There was a time when poultry husbandry was vital to the budgets of most farm families and the prosperity of most commercial producers across the state.
The farm was closed decades ago and the buildings have had various uses before being identified for the raptor center.