Birds of Prey Training at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center at Radnor Lake with Wings to Soar (April 24th, 29th & May 2nd)
Over the past two weeks, the Radnor Lake Staff participated in three days of birds of prey training (April 24th, 29th & May 2nd) 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 4 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”.
The primary purpose of all of these aviary trainings is to ensure the highest quality of care for educational birds of prey and uniform care of the birds of prey at the aviary center by the Radnor Staff. This continued focus also improves the staff’s knowledge of all birds of prey as we expand our programming efforts with birds of prey for park visitors including 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. In the coming weeks, The Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Center will soon be home to three more eagles for viewing by park visitors and thanks to these training efforts the staff can ensure highest level of care once our new guest arrive to their new enclosures.
Special thanks to Wings to Soar, Friends of Radnor Lake, the Barbara J. Mapp Foundation and Tennessee State Parks for their efforts in supporting our environmental education efforts at Radnor Lake State Natural Area.