Education and Outreach
Through our educational presentations we interact with children and adults, sharing age-appropriate information about our local birds, and the human impacts on our environment and the birds that share it.
We are often accompanied by one or more of our Education Ambassadors — our resident hawks, owls, and falcons whose permanent disabilities have made them non-releasable. By giving the public a rare and memorable opportunity to see these wild birds up-close, we hope to educate people of all ages about native bird species, their fascinating adaptations and the essential roles they play in our local ecosystems.
Besides our monthly Open House at the Center, we encourage schools, businesses and other interested groups to arrange field trips to BRC to see our birds, tour the Raptor Compound and learn more about our work. We have a large outdoor classroom for presentations, and a Natural History Museum housing collections of eggs, nests, feathers and more.
Teachers, children and other visitors commonly refer to these field trips as a highlight of the school year. Read all about it!
We are also able to bring birds to your school for individual classroom visits or larger assemblies. Be sure to visit our gallery of raptor artwork drawn by young visitors to the Center.
We regularly send raptors and their handlers out to public and private venues — regional parks, farmers markets, science fairs, festivals and more — and to wineries, tasting rooms and other businesses throughout the North Bay.