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Nearly 20 team members from Choate Construction’s Charleston office dedicated Saturday, June 23rd as a day of service, volunteering at the Center for Birds of Prey at the Avian Conservation Center to rebuild a bald eagle flight enclosure. Located in Awendaw, SC, the Center for Birds of Prey is a not-for-profit organization that receives more than 600 injured birds per year and relies heavily on its volunteer basis.
The day of service included rebuilding a decommissioned 12’ x 26’ flight enclosure. After years of harsh weather over the past two decades, nearly half of the 40 total enclosures need repair. These are crucial to the Center because, even after treatment, some injured birds cannot be released into the wild and others may require months of healing and rehabilitation prior to release. With less than a dozen employees on staff and a large volunteer basis, Choate’s employee owners wanted to utilize their weekend and commercial building expertise on a much smaller scale with a very large impact.
“Support for the Center takes a variety of gratifying forms,” says Jim Elliott Founder and Executive Director of the Avian Conservation Center. “One of the most productive and pleasing things for us is when we discover a company that has an established culture of actively engaging their employees in community service. Such is the case with Choate Construction, who have organized and undertaken a critical enclosure repair project for the Center. For the Center to be the beneficiary of that generous company spirit along with the skills and talents of the Choate team is simply extraordinary.”
Choate’s day of service helped support the Center for Birds of Prey’s mission to identify and address vital environmental issues by providing medical care to injured birds of prey and shorebirds through educational, research, and conservation initiatives.
The Center for Birds of Prey- Aviation Conservation Center
The Avian Conservation Center is a distinctive regional conservation organization with three primary operating divisions: The Center for Birds of Prey, the Avian Medical Clinic, and the South Carolina Oiled Bird Response Facility. As an environmental education asset to South Carolina and the region, the Center for Birds of Prey presents conservation and STEM education for more than 40,000 individuals and students each year. An epicenter for professional medical services and research pertaining to wild birds of prey and shore birds, the Avian Medical Clinic has treated more than 8,000 patients since opening in 1991. The South Carolina Oiled Bird Response Facility is held in a constant state of preparedness for response to an oil spill in the region including ongoing oil spill response training and maintaining the readiness of treatment facilities and emergency response supplies. For more information, visit www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org or call 843.971.7474 .
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