Raptor Identification and Biology
Learn to identify native birds of prey and understand how they fly, hunt, and reproduce.
Raptors in Spring & Summer
Learn about the courtship and nesting behaviors of our native raptors and how they raise their young.
Wildlife Education Programs
All of our local raptors are covered by the Migratory Bird Act but only a few actually leave their home region. Learn how territories change for those that remain throughout the year, about the long distance migration of broad winged hawks and osprey to Central and South America and the influx of northern harriers, short eared owls, long eared owls, saw whet owls, and snowy owls into our area each winter.
Raptor Habitat and Ecology
Understand the impact that changes to our environment have had on our native birds of prey and what we can expect for the future.
Introduction to Native Bees, Honey Bees and Beekeeping
Are you interested in becoming a beekeeper or just fascinated by these amazing creatures? Learn the basics of Honey Bee biology and behavior, and how you can become a beekeeper whether you live on 100 acres or in a townhouse.
Raptors of Virginia, MD & DC Learn about our native birds of prey, where they live, what they eat, where they nest, how they raise their young.
The Other Bees - A Beekeeping Alternative
Learn how to attract mason bees, leaf cutter bees and bumble bees to support local populations of wild pollinators and ensure a bountiful garden from spring through fall. These bees don't produce honey - but did you know that mason bees don't sting?
Falconry Then and Now
Learn about falconry as it's been practiced around the world for centuries and how it's changed to become a modern sport.
Bringing Raptors Home
Learn ways to make your property, your neighborhood and beyond attractive and safe for birds of prey. Emphasis on the Virginia Master Naturalist Kestrel and Barn Owl Nest Box Project.
We offer a wide variety of exciting and informative programs and events. Programs are usually 60 minutes long and can be adjusted for children, families, or adults. Programs use audio visual materials and children's programs may include games and activities like dissecting owl pellets, coloring, making raptor puppets or other age appropriate creative projects (of course adults can do these things too). We can also set up a raptor themed booth for walk-by events. Best of all, most programs give you the opportunity to meet and interact with one or more of our wild ambassadors. Choose a program from the list below or call us with your own ideas. We don't charge a specific fee but suggest $300 for programs for 25 to 30 people. Contact us for a quote for very large or small programs, exhibit booths and non-profit events. We are an all volunteer organization. All fees go directly to the care, feeding, housing and medical care of our birds. In some cases, there may be an additional charge to cover the cost of materials.
In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught
Baba Dioum (1894-1969)
A Year in the Life of an Owl
Learn what great horned owls, barred owls, barn owls, and eastern screech owls are doing from January through December. Follow them through courtship, nesting, raising young, fledging and finally dispersal of the young to their own territories.
A Year in the Life of a Hawk
Learn what red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks, cooper's hawks, broad winged hawks, and northern harriers are doing from January through December. Follow them through courtship, nesting, raising young, fledging and finally dispersal of the young to their own territories.
Learn about the short eared owls, long eared owls, saw whet owls and snowy owls that make the Virginia, Maryland and DC area their homes for the winter.
Successful treatment, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals requires specific skills and knowledge, as well as legal permits and licenses. Learn about what it takes to become a wildlife rehabilitator from the experts. We’ll talk about the VDGIF permitting process, finding a sponsor, working with a veterinarian, training options, caging and treatment area set up, the time commitment throughout the year and potential volunteer opportunities. We’ll give you the information you need to make a decision about entering this challenging vocation and a roadmap to get you started.
Raptors in Winter
Learn how our native raptors adapt to our cold, damp winters. Understand their needs and strategies for coping with life and death situations as many of them begin preparing for the coming spring nesting season.