McMaken Law Firm’s Gift Helps Keep the West Sound Wildlife Shelter’s “Take Flight Project” Flying

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The Law Offices of Lynda H. McMaken provided a financial gift to support the West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island, Wash., for its Take Flight Project flight cage. This newly completed, state-of-the-art flight cage provides a spacious flying environment for rescued bald eagles, hawks, owls and other large birds to regain strength before being released back into the wild. McMaken is a long-time leader, supporter and advocate of Bainbridge Island community organizations.

bald eagle, female bald eagle, flight cage, West Sound Wildlife Shelter, Lynda McMaken

This female bald eagle was shot and wounded in Spring 2008. After a year of rehabilitation at the Shelter, it seemed she would never fly again. But within days of being placed in the Flight Cage, she’d flown to the highest perch in the enclosure. She is now awaiting release!

"Community support is essential in making sure the West Sound Wildlife Shelter continues and grows its unique and highly successful programs that directly protect and save our area's wildlife" Lynda McMaken

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The Law Offices of Lynda H. McMaken, P.S. presented the West Sound Wildlife Shelter with a $1000 gift for the Shelter’s Take Flight Project. The first phase of the project, the C. Keith Birkenfeld Flight Cage, was completed this year. The second phase, a waterfowl enclosure, will be completed in 2010.

This gift is in keeping with McMaken’s ardent leadership and passionate support of local and regional non-profit and community organizations over the past 21 years of her law firm’s practice on Bainbridge Island. Currently president of the board of directors for the Bainbridge Island Sportsmen’s Club, McMaken has also been active supporting the heartland connection of the island. McMaken recently was awarded the Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Award for her hours contributed during 2008.

“Community support is essential in making sure the West Sound Wildlife Shelter continues and grows its unique and highly successful programs that directly protect and save our area’s wildlife,” says McMaken. “The Shelter’s flight cage provides a critical flying environment for rescued bald eagles, hawks, owls and other large birds to regain strength before being released back into the wild.”

“We are grateful to Lynda McMaken for her ongoing support,” said Kol Medina, Executive Director of the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. “Because there is no other wildlife hospital in the western Puget Sound, the Shelter’s Take Flight Project is the most important investment ever made in regional wildlife protection. The two structures we’re building - the flight cage and the waterfowl enclosure - will be the first and only facilities of their kind in the western Sound.” View the Port Orchard Independent's coverage of the West Sound Wildlife Shelter rescue of a full-grown, male eagle found injured on the side of a busy road in Port Orchard.

Mike Pratt, the Shelter’s Director of Wildlife Services, used his extensive study of flight cages to design a unique and innovative structure that incorporates the best aspects of other flight cages. “This is truly a state-of-the-art design,” said Pratt. “We expect other wildlife hospitals around the country to emulate this design.”

Phase two of the Take Flight Project will construct a waterfowl enclosure that will also function as an emergency oil spill response facility. Like the flight cage, the waterfowl enclosure will be used in the last stage of treatment for patients, including great blue herons, pelicans, ducks, shorebirds, and cormorants. There are no other such facilities in the western Puget Sound.

“The Take Flight Project is a $575,000 capital campaign that was launched in the spring of 2009,” said Medina. “The Shelter has already raised $445,000 of that goal and is working to raise the remaining $130,000 by the summer of 2010. We invite and encourage participation in all aspects of our mission to provide injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals a second chance at life and to promote the protection of wildlife through community outreach, education, and involvement. Please go to the West Sound Wildlife Shelter website for complete contact information.”

From offices on Bainbridge Island, the Law Offices of Lynda H. McMaken have been providing exceptional and personalized legal services to clients throughout western Washington since 1988. Contact Lynda McMaken at http://www.lyndahmcmaken.com or http://www.cordialdivorce.com.

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