Birds of Prey Training at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Center

Aviary Training Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by S.Ward

On February 21st and 22nd, 2017 the Radnor Lake Staff participated in two days of birds of prey training by our partners at Wings to Soar.

 

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 2 1/2 years.

 

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 have attended with Wings to Soar over the past 2 1/2 years.  The primary purpose of all of these aviary trainings is to ensure the highest quality of care for educational birds of prey and constantly improve the staff’s knowledge of all birds of prey including expanding our programming for park visitors with our newest bald eagle #2.

 

Since opening on May 2nd, 2015 the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center is open two days a week for park visitors.

 

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.

Pix by Steve Ward Feb. 22nd, 2017

Pix by Steve Ward Feb. 22nd, 2017

Pix by Dustin Crowell Feb. 22nd, 2017

Pix by Dustin Crowell Feb. 22nd, 2017

Perch construction with John Stokes and Laurie Campbell Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by Steve Ward

Perch construction with John Stokes and Laurie Campbell Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by Steve Ward

Laurie Campbell with #2 Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by Steve Ward

Laurie Campbell with #2 Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by Steve Ward

John Stokes with #2 Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by S.Ward

John Stokes with #2 Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by S.Ward

Handler view of Eagle _2 on the arm. Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by Steve Ward

Handler view of Eagle _2 on the arm. Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by Steve Ward

Laurie Campbell with Great Horned Owl Pix Feb. 22nd, 2017 by Stev Ward

Laurie Campbell with Great Horned Owl Pix Feb. 22nd, 2017 by Stev Ward

Dustin and Paul Aviary Training Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by S.Ward

Dustin and Paul Aviary Training Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by S.Ward

Dustin Crowell with #2 at BJMAEC Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by S.Ward

Dustin Crowell with #2 at BJMAEC Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by S.Ward

Dustin Crowell with #2 at BJMAEC Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by S.Ward

Dustin Crowell with #2 at BJMAEC Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by S.Ward

Black Vulture Training on Boardwalk Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by Steve Ward

Black Vulture Training on Boardwalk Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by Steve Ward

Black Vulture Training Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by Laurie Campbell

Black Vulture Training Feb. 22nd, 2017. Pix by Laurie Campbell