The World Center for Birds of Prey is gearing up for a major expansion this spring.
The Global Raptor Education Center’s grand opening will happen on Earth Day this spring on Saturday, April 22.
This expansion will double the footprint and double the number of possible visitors with a new peregrine falcon exhibit, a hawk exhibit, a new visitors center, an outdoor classroom, the Idaho STEM Action Center, a new parking area, and new restrooms.
The Peregrine Fund started its work in 1970. In 1999 the peregrine falcon was removed from the endangered species list. In 1993, the center near Boise started breeding California condors, and they continue to work to protect different breeds of raptors.
“When Tom Kade started the Peregrine Fund, he didn’t want to live in a world without peregrine falcons, and I don’t want to live in a world without peregrine falcons,” Stephanie Ashley, the Curator of Birds at the center said.
The Peregrine Fund works around the world, but its headquarters is located at the center south of Boise. It has a goal to protect habitat and avoid extinction, which it does through interactive education.
So far, 500,000 students have taken a field trip to the center since it first opened.
The public can see training flights – but they don’t happen on a set schedule.
“We have been working hard this year to show the public flying birds because there is something special about seeing a bird that flies,” said Ashley. “We are really proud to offer demonstrations in hopes that we can inspire people to take some action in their own lives.”
The World Center for Birds of Prey is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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