Friday, July 27, 2012
Daniel Ray Deuel, BHS 1964
Free Flight, a nonprofit wildlife clinic, was established in 1976 when Deuel sought to "take care of a few oiled birds." It celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. Since its inception, the wildlife hospital has cared for thousands of animals, from raptors to bear cubs, run entirely by volunteers, including Deuel. Free Flight always has focused on returning releasable animals to their natural habitat. There currently are 25 volunteers.
Free Flight also provided information through outreach about the natural history of the South Coast's abundant wildlife. Deuel often brought some of the center's birds to local schools to teach the children about them.
Deuel, a Vietnam veteran, was seriously injured at age 24 when he was hit while on a bicycle by a drunk driver after he returned to the states following his service. He suffered from health problems related to the accident the remainder of his life.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Free Flight. The time will be announced after the holidays.
For more information on Dan Deuel and Free Flight click HERE