Raptor Hollow Sanctuary to offer shows with birds in flight

Josh Kuszmaul and Katelyn Vannoy could say their work is for the birds.

Kuszmaul is executive director of Raptor Hollow Sanctuary, and Vannoy is the facility’s veterinarian.

Together with three other staff members, volunteers and interns from Mount Union, Malone, Walsh and Kent State, they care for animals at the sanctuary, which specializes in birds of prey – owls, eagles, hawks and vultures.

The pair told members of Alliance Rotary Club all about Raptor Hollow Sanctuary during a recent group meeting at Alliance YWCA.

They also brought along a special guest – Sammie, a Harris’ hawk.

“My passion is education and that’s what led me to open Raptor Hollow Sanctuary to teach conservation education using birds of prey, which are important to ecosystems,” said Kuszmaul, a 2007 West Branch graduate who went on to Ohio State and later worked at the Columbus Zoo, Cleveland Zoo, Kansas City Zoo, and Stone Zoo near Boston before starting the sanctuary at his parents’ home in 2016 with four birds.

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