Current project: Flight barn
UPDATE: Funding secured thanks to a generous donor!
Randy Zuniga of McCall has made a very generous donation that will allow Snowdon to finally construct its greatly needed raptor flight facility. Randy donated in the name of his late wife, Toni Zuniga, a beloved teacher in McCall and long time animal supporter. Randy is a retired hydrologist who is also a huge McPaws supporter. Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary is grateful to Randy and will name their new facility in honor of Randy and Toni. The flight facility will allow Snowdon to test the flight capability of recovering raptors prior to release. Construction is planned for this summer!
We hope to break ground this summer on a 20’ X 50’pole-barn structure to flight test and house rehabilitating injured and/or orphaned birds of prey (falcons, hawks, owls, and eagles). The flight barn will consist of 2 bays, each approximately 10’ Wide X 50’ Long. One bay will be used for flight testing birds, which is important for getting birds’ muscles strong after a long period of immobility so they can fly successfully when released back to the wild. The internal height of this bay will be 12 feet. The second bay will house recuperating birds and SWS resident educational birds of prey in individual enclosures called “mews”. This bay will have an internal height of 8-12 feet.
This labor-intensive project brings many volunteer opportunities. If you would like to volunteer during the construction process please email:
The flight barn is designed specifically to meet standards established by the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association for appropriate care, handling, and housing of injured or orphaned wildlife. No such facility exists in southwest Idaho that meets the minimum standard for housing and flight testing raptors and other large birds during rehabilitation. By having a flight barn Snowdon can accomplish the care and rehabilitation from start to finish (i.e., fully implement our mission), which saves resources and is safer and less stressful for the birds. Without this facility Snowdon has to transport birds the long distance to Washington State University 2 times (take them there for flight testing and then retrieve them for release locally), which is very stressful for the birds and can put them at risk for injury relapse.
The new structure will also provide upgraded residences for our two resident educational birds, Indy and Merlin. Their comfort promotes successful wildlife conservation education.