Gallery Talk: Wings of Wonder Rebecca Lessard
Wings of Wonder [WoW] founder Rebecca Lessard talks about the Leelanau County raptor rehabilitation sanctuary she created in the 1990s. This program is presented at no charge, and is part of the GAAC’s exhibition New Views: Birdlandia.
Rebecca was drawn into the world of raptors in 1990 with the opportunity to work with an injured Red Tailed Hawk. In the decades since its inception, WoW and its volunteer staff have helped rehabilitate more than 2,500 raptors – eagles, owls, hawks and other birds of prey – to good health with the goal of releasing them back into the wild.
This journey – from that first hawk to the face of raptor rehabilitation in Northern Michigan – is the basis of a book-in-progress. Rebecca’s collaborator on this project is Leelanau County photographer Ken Scott.
Wings of Wonder is a raptor sanctuary and rehabilitation center dedicated to educating, rehabilitating and increasing overall public awareness about wildlife, ecology and environmental issues as they relate to raptors. WOW has made more than 1,800 presentations throughout Michigan, reaching more than 270,000 people of all ages. To read more about Wings of Wonder go to http://www.wingsofwonder.org/