Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Center

APCH Board

Christine Cummings –
Co-Founder, President, Rehabilitator, Re-nesting Crew, Rescuer, Educator, Event Coordinator, First Responder

Christine has been working for the rights and care of all animals since her early childhood. As a young adult, she worked on the forefront of Animal Rights in Washington, DC. She also worked as an Animal Technician during her attendance at the University of Maryland for Art Education and Studio Art. Upon graduation, she decided to open her own business geared towards the care and grooming of dogs and cats. To work in a setting without animals seemed un-natural. Christine was inspired to become a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator in 2005 after attending an Intro to Wildlife Rehabilitation Course co-taught by Grace Krick. Since 98 % of the injuries seen at Rehab Centers are related to conflicts with humans, Christine was compelled to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals in order to give back to the community. Because Birds of Prey are a shared passion between both Christine and her husband Todd, APCH was born. Together they operate and maintain the Center and work hard to continue its growth to accommodate the numerous birds in need. With this educational platform her teaching background has finally evolved as one of the primary missions of APCH is to educate the public about ways to lessen conflicts one may encounter with wildlife in one’s very own backyard. Christine is the primary caretaker of both the resident and rehabilitation patients on site.

Grace Krick –
Vice President, Rehabilitator, Rescuer, Educator, Event Coordinator, First Responder

Grace Krick has been with A Place Called Hope since it’s inception in 2007. She has been a Wildlife Rehabilitator for more than twenty years and her natural teaching ability has helped many others along their way to becoming licensed. We first met Grace during an Intro to Wildlife Rehabilitation Class offered by another Raptor Rehabilitation Center where Grace had been a Board Member and Volunteer for eight plus years. When this Center began its relocation project, Grace joined forces with A Place Called Hope and brought along her many years of experience and skills to help us grow into the organization we are today. Grace is a retired Nurse which has translated well towards the critical care aspect of rehabilitation. Grace runs a Satellite Center to APCH and houses numerous patients in Deep River where she resides with her husband Bill. Grace and Christine are the primary caretakers of all of the rehabilitation cases that come through the Center. We see on average 300 – 500 patients per year with a goal of returning cases to the wild whenever possible.

Todd Secki –
Co-Founder, Secretary/Treasurer, Re-Nesting Crew, Rescuer, Educator, First Responder

Todd is a Wildlife Photographer and Co-Founder of APCH. His Carpentry and Building skills have helped realize this Dream by providing top quality housing for the birds in our care. A Stone Mason/Builder by trade, he lives at the Center with President and Co-Founder Christine Cummings. Together, they operate and maintain APCH. Todd became a climber in order to help us achieve our goals of putting baby birds back into the natural care of their parents. Since 2005, APCH has had great success in returning nest fall victims to the care of their natural parents. Since birds are best raised by birds, our team strives to put them all back rather than raise babies in captivity. Survival rates are already so low, but to be raised by humans or captive foster parents has been proven ineffective in long term survivability. Climbing became a necessary skill not only for nest falls but for many rescues as well. Some of these climbs have reached heights of 85 feet. His dedication and commitment to our cause guarantees APCH a brave future. Todd’s wildlife photography can be found on FaceBook under Spirit Hawk Photography.

Ned Hurle –
Board Member, Re-nesting Crew, Rescuer, Educator, First Responder

Ned has been a lifelong lover of nature and the environment and has dedicated his life to conservation and natural resource management. Ned has a BS in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of CT. A former ConnDOT Director of Environmental Planning of 35 years, Ned has remained active with supporting and protecting wildlife as an active volunteer with the Meigs Point Nature Center at Hammonasset, and became a Board Member of APCH in 2014. His love and admiration for birds in particular propelled him into action in the care and rescue of the many birds we cater to at our Center. Ned is a critical crew member to the re-nesting team of APCH helping to return nest fall victims to the treetops so that parents can resume care. Ned is also a wildlife photographer and spends a lot of time outdoors studying and capturing the natural behavior of wildlife. Ned is also trained as a First Responder and is often called upon to rescue injured birds in the field.

Marilyn Lavezzoli –
Board Member, Regalia, Re-nesting Crew, Educator

Marilyn is a former hippie and artist with a love of nature, rocks, animals and especially birds. A New York transplant, she lives in Killingworth with her husband Bob and two Scottie dogs Sharona and Raven. She joined APCH in 2009 and became a Board Member in 2010. Her husband Bob has also become an active participant in APCH during re-nesting season as a part of our necessary Rope Crew. Together, they have become “family” to the many Feathered’s in our care. With Marilyn’s artistic background, she has a knack for creating and designing many of our advertisements as well as our popular annual APCH Calendar.

Russ Miller –
Board Member, Re-nesting Crew, Educator, First Repsonder

Russ Miller has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and has worked for the Department of Environmental and Energy Protection for over 20 years. Ranger Russ found his views on conservation and preservation compatible with the overall mission of APCH and became an affiliate to this organization in 2007 and ultimately a Board Member in 2011. Russ has an admiration for all wildlife and has worked as the Director of The Meigs Point Nature Center – Hammonasset State Beach Park for over 15 years. Russ has been an amateur naturalist his entire life stressing a message of conservation. His years of Educational experience helps to strengthen our mission. He has also been trained to handle emergency wildlife distress calls and is at the ready to rescue. Russ also enjoys being a part of the Re-Nesting Team with the goal to reunite nest fall victims with their natural parents and environments further promoting the conservation of natural ecology.

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Contact Us

Christine Cummings, President and Co-Founder Call or text 203-804-3453 for wildlife emergencies, rescues, booking programs, and setting up tours.

Grace Krick, Vice President call or text 860-575-9791 for wildlife emergencies or rescues.

Todd Secki, Secretary/Treasurer and Co-Founder call or text 203-214-2846 for re-nestings.