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Swoop and Soar

An Award Winning New Children's Book about Osprey!

Coeur d'Alene Public Library

Coeur d’Alene Public Library in Idaho is sponsoring an outdoor StoryWalk of Swoop and Soar from August 29 through October, at Higgins Point. In December, the library will sponsor a StoryWalk of Beauty and the Beak—two very special public events as part of BOPNW's 30th anniversary! Both national award-winning STEM books are coauthored by our director Janie Veltkamp, based on her real rescue work with ospreys and Beauty the bald eagle.

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Learn about the collaboration between BOPNW and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of north Idaho


In 2023, Birds of Prey Northwest in northern Idaho begins its 30th year.  Over the past year, we opened our long-awaited eagle “run,” to strengthen our largest rescued raptors for flight before their release.  We rescued and treated the highest number of raptors in our history due to the prolonged episodes of extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest. We rose to the challenge with the help of incredible volunteers, collaborating wildlife agencies, organizations and private citizens, and committed donors. 

As we enter our 30th year, we continue to promote stewardship and conservation of raptors through educational programs with live birds of prey onsite at our BOPNW center, at schools, libraries, public events and professional conferences, and virtually including through national webinars. The true STEM story of our most famous educational bird, Beauty, has been reported worldwide and is finding readers of all ages in Janie Veltkamp’s children's book Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle, winner of two national STEM book awards. BOPNW executive director Janie Veltkamp coauthored Beauty and the Beak, as well as the new STEM picture book Swoop and Soar: How Science Rescued Two Osprey Orphans and Found Them a New Family in the Wild. Both books are true stories of Janie’s raptor rescue and conservation work.

Our raptor center provides medical treatment and rehabilitation to sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey with the ultimate goal of returning them to the wild. We provide expert evaluation and care in coordination with other raptor centers and wildlife agencies, and train volunteer raptor caregivers.  We travel with a large collection of live birds of prey for training and educational programs.  We are located in North Idaho, off of Interstate 90 in St. Maries , where we give tours of our facilty by appointment only.  BOPNW is a nonprofit and receives no state or federal wildlife agency funding. We depend on educational program fees, grants and partnerships, book sales, and graciously donated funds and items to care for many species of raptors. 

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