Starting in 2023, we will have two new educational raptors added to our programs—a Great Gray Owl and a Prairie Falcon.
Bring live birds of prey to your classroom or event, at your location or virtually!
Raptors are fascinating birds: the silent night-hunting owls, the day-hunting hawks, the fish-eating ospreys, the fast-flying falcons, and the mighty eagles. Birds of Prey Northwest offers educational programs and author visits—including live raptors and/or Janie Veltkamp’s award-winning children’s book Beauty and the Beak and new childrens book Swoop and Soar-for all ages.
Janie talks about how the environment affects raptors, and gives audiences insight into their life cycles and adaptations.
All programs include a life size wingspan banner, where kids and adults can compare their human arm span to the wingspans of a bald eagle and other birds.
Please note that Beauty does not travel for live raptor programs that are away from BOPNW's grounds.
To book a program, call us at (208) 582-0797 or email to email@example.com.
Live Bird Program
Once Endangered or Threatened Raptors
Top food chain predators have been particularly endangered, as many focus on favored prey that may contain high levels of pesticides. Learn the history of once endangered species and some of the successful restoration efforts and activities designed to protect them. A Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl, and Osprey are presented in this unique program!
As predators of the night sky, owls are fascinating birds. No creature is built to hunt like the owl. Much mystery and curiosity surround this silent flier. Encounter a Great Horned Owl, Pygmy Owl, a Barn Owl and a Barred Owl. Learn why it is wise to “give a hoot” about these nocturnal birds of prey.
Fast, Long Wings
Falcons have long been in the minds and eyes of people throughout history. Egyptians called them gods and ancient falconers harnessed their speed and agility for hunting. Study these special speedy raptors as you meet the insect- and rodent-catching American Kestrel, the bird-eating Merlin, the Prairie Falcon, and the fastest animal in the world, the Peregrine Falcon!
Media Coverage of a live bird program
Sign up to schedule a live bird program, to be presented at your location or virtually.
Fill out your contact information, pick a program you are interested in and submit!
The Idaho STEM Action Center in partnership with Birds of Prey Northwest is providing the 3D print file (.stl) of Beauty's prosthetic beak, as a free download, to Idaho educational organizations. In addition, we have aligned the Educational Guide to Idaho Standards and provided some great extension activities to enhance the content.
Thank you to Sonia Galaviz for her expertise in customizing the guide for Idaho educators!
You can also visit: stem.idaho.gov/beautysbeak
to download the guide and beak file.
Download the 3D file!
Please complete the following information, and you will be able to download the file to 3D print for educational purposes. You must be with a publicly funded organization in order to download and use this form.
If you are not affiliated with an education program located in Idaho or are not publicly funded, we do have items for sale on the Education Page linked here.
VIsit the Idaho STEM Action Center
for tools and 3-D resources.
Download the latest Educational Guide
Specific to Idaho STEM Education
Download the latest Educational Guide
Hands-on STEM activities about Beauty’s beak from Museum of Science, Boston
Download a Preview of the jacket cover for Beauty and the Beak
Download and color a Bald Eagle
Courtesy of the Cornell Lab Publishing Group
and Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Skype phone call with students from Sioux City, Iowa in Beauty's aviary.