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ABOUT BIRDS OF PREY NORTHWEST
In 2023, Birds of Prey Northwest in northern Idaho begins its 30th year. Over the past year, 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 virtually, onsite at our BOPNW center, at schools, libraries, public events and professional conferences. The true STEM story of our most famous educational bird, Beauty, has been reported worldwide and is told in the 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. 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.