Last Chance Forever - The Bird of Prey Conservatory
Last Chance Forever will be at Realms Con educating on various birds of prey.
Founded in 1978 by Master Falconer and Veterinary Technician John Karger, Last Chance Forever is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey, scientific investigation, and also just as importantly, the education of the public. Each year the project receives between 150-300 birds into the facility for care. An average of 65-80% of all cases are successfully returned to nature. Birds which are deemed non-releasable and are not suffering when possible are held to be placed in propagation projects, natural science centers for educational purposes, or humane research projects.
In addition to properly caring for the birds, Last Chance Forever has designed an educational program for presentation to children, civic organizations and interested individuals. This program is seen by over 500,000 people annually throughout the United States. It promotes a common sense attitude towards the interaction of mankind and our environment. Through this program, we also hope to encourage a change in attitudes concerning birds of prey such as hawks, owls, falcons, vultures and eagles.
Although we are not the only conservation or environmental organization in the US, we are part of a small group who actually give service to these birds. While Last Chance Forever primarily receives and cares for birds of prey, all wildlife is given assistance. Animals other than birds of prey are sent on to qualified organizations.