Len Soucy-Founder of The Raptor Trust Of New Jersey 1932-2014
James created a painting of his friend and mentor Dr Len Soucy which was displayed at Len's memorial service this Summer. The original artwork depicts Len in a familiar pose holding a Barred Owl named Vilma. James wanted to created a painting as a tribute to a man who was a legend in his field. Len Soucy made a life of making lives better. Whether saving avian lives at The Raptor Trust, educating others on the diversity and value of wild animals in our lives, or studying raptor populations so that we humans could learn more about them and live better with them, Len’s was truly a life well lived. In honor of that lifetime of work toward the protection and preservation of all things wild, especially birds, and the educational opportunities he labored to present to us all, The Raptor Trust has established the Leonard J. Soucy Jr. Memorial Fund for projects that would be meaningful to him. His commitment to a thriving avian population will live on, with special support for new ideas and approaches from the Memorial Fund.
The Raptor Trust is one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States. Located in central New Jersey, the Trust includes a hospital with state-of-the-art medical facilities, quality exterior housing for several hundred birds, and an education building. A stalwart advocate for birds of prey for three decades, it is now recognized as a national leader in the fields of raptor conservation and avian rehabilitation.The Raptor Trust is open to the public seven days a week. Visitors are afforded a unique opportunity to view at close range the many hawks, eagles, falcons and owls that are permanent residents at the facility. There is
no charge to visit, but a modest donation of $2.00 per person is encouraged. www.raptortrust.org