Education

Teton Raptor Center's education team includes Senior Avian Educator Becky Collier, a crew of dedicated volunteers, and ten Resident Raptors. In 2015, we delivered 360 live raptor education programs for 18,156 participants!

When a raptor becomes ill or injured it may not recover well enough to be returned to the wild. These birds can no longer balance ecosystems. Even in captivity they are given dignity and respect as "wild" animals. Their new job is to teach! Our resident raptors serve two roles. Their first role is to give humans a chance to view them up close (at arm's length-they don't like to be touched!) so that we can see their beauty and adaptions firsthand. Their second role is to help us appreciate the work their wild counterparts are doing for the environment. Anytime we meet a raptor at a nature center or zoo we should learn as much as we can, and give wild raptors a bit more space in their habitats so they can have greater success!

Here's how YOU can get involved:


The best way to learn about raptors is to come to one of our Raptor Encounters. But there are plenty of other opportunities to expand your knowledge of birds of prey right here on our website!

Meet our Resident Raptors!

These Avian Ambassadors educate over 18,000 people per year!

All About Raptors

Photo of a Short-eared Owl by Steve Poole

Photo of a Short-eared Owl by Steve Poole

Your resource for fun facts, ID tips, and general ecology of the raptors of North America.

Backyard Conservation

Kestrels on a nest box, by Julianne O'Donoghue

Kestrels on a nest box, by Julianne O'Donoghue

Twenty tips for making the world a safer place for raptors.

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