Birds of Prey Training at Radnor Lake State Natural Area (January 2016)

John Stokes (Wings to SOAR), Ranger Dustin Crowell and Ranger Paul Schauer at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center.  Picture by Steve Ward

Friends of Radnor Lake and the Barbara J. Mapp Foundation funded five days of training for the park ranger staff and seasonal staff at Radnor Lake on January 4th thru 12th, 2016.

 

This training was conducted by Dale Kernahan and John Stokes with the non-profit organization, Wings to Soar who have worked with the ranger staff at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center at Radnor Lake over the past 18 months.

 

Wings to Soar is a non-profit organization that cares for and educates with non-releasable Birds of Prey. Their mission is “to strive for and promote the highest quality of care for raptors in captivity”.

 

This is one of several aviary training sessions the park ranger staff has and will be attending with Wings to Soar in the coming year as part of our expansion of our environmental education efforts at Radnor Lake. The purpose of all of these aviary trainings is to ensure the highest quality of care for educational birds of prey and constantly improve the ranger staffs knowledge of all birds of prey including programming with bald eagles.

 

Since opening on May 2nd, 2015 the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center is open two days a week for park visitors.  For more information on the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center at Radnor Lake, view our aviary gallery.

 

Special thanks to Wings to Soar, Friends of Radnor Lake and the Barbara J. Mapp Foundation for their efforts in supporting our environmental education efforts at Radnor Lake State Natural Area.

John Stokes instructs Ranger Paul Schauer on proper care for the red-tailed hawk at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center. Picture by Steve Ward

John Stokes instructs Ranger Paul Schauer on proper care for the red-tailed hawk at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center. Picture by Steve Ward