Birds of Prey Training at Radnor Lake State Natural Area (September 17th and 18th)
Friends of Radnor Lake and the Barbara J. Mapp Foundation funded a two-day training for the park ranger staff at Radnor Lake on September 17th and 18th, 2014.
This training was conducted by Dale and John Stokes with the non-profit organization,Wings to Soar who worked with the ranger staff for these two days as part of the upcoming addition of the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center at Radnor Lake.
Wings to Soar is a non-profit organization who 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”.
In addition to the ranger staff at Radnor Lake, Sesonal Interpertive Specialist Will Peters (Radnor Lake SNA), Park Manager Chris Cole (Standing Stone State Park) and Park Ranger Shaun Hughes (Standing Stone State Park) took part in this training session.
This is the first of several aviary training sessions the park ranger staff will be attending 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 improve the ranger staffs knowledge of all birds of prey including programming with bald eagles. While the rangers at Radnor Lake have been conducting birds of prey programs for park visitors, this training is needed as we expand our educational efforts to include 3 bald eagles as part of the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center.
Special thanks to Wings to Soar, Friends of Radnor Lake and the Barbara J. Mapp Foundation for their efforts in supporting our enviornmental education efforts at Radnor Lake State Natural Area.