This is "Sky" the live bald eagle on display at the Birds of Prey Center near Boise, ID. We really enjoyed our time there when we were in Boise for about 24 hours a couple of weekends ago. We made the most of our short trip. There is so much fun stuff to do for homeschoolers there!
It was hard to get pictures between the mesh of the cages, but I tried. This an bird of prey found in the Arctic.
The condors were absolutely fascinating. They had a huge wing span. One of the main purposes of the center is to breed birds of prey and release them into the wild and to raise awareness. They have had wonderful success with the condors. At one point in the 1980s there were less than 20 of them left, now there are over 400.
We were blessed to have a private tour. Our guide showed us how they fed the baby condors with this puppet made to look just like a mother's head.
There was a great hands-on room for the kids to play in. Lots of furs, bones and feathers. The kids loved these glasses that helped you see how a bird of prey sees.
There was a display with a great explanation of the differences in eggs. A cliff dwelling bird of prey has a pear shaped egg that rolls around in a tight circle, so that it doesn't fall off the cliff. God thought of everything, didn't He? This center provided us many opportunities to talk about God's wonderful creation.
The kids got to dress up as different birds of prey. Josiah is the condor and Hailey is a bald eagle.
We were so blessed to get there in time to see two different presentations. Both were on falcons. Absolutely fascinating.
Josiah drew a picture of each bird and gave it to the presenter. She said she put them on her fridge in the back. My son is not the artistic type, so I was glad to see him "spreading his wings" and actually attempting to draw something for fun. It is nice that the kids are old enough to sit through lectures and tours. We can get so much more out of these kids of places now.
If you ever have a chance to see this center, it isn't very expensive and it is so worth the stop!