Programs

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Traveling Live Bird of Prey Programs
Live birds captivate our attention and inspire us. In educational presentations, they serve as living models of physical and behavioral adaptations, natural selection and human impact on species survival. Tamarack offers live Bird of Prey Programs to school classes, scouts, preschools, clubs, summer camps, college classes, nursing homes, libraries, business meetings, and festivals. We tailor every program to the group’s needs. For schools, we adjust for grade level and address state academic standards in environment, ecology and science.

Click here to meet our Education Birds and to learn more about each bird species. 

THE PROGRAMS:
Wings of Wonder: Pennsylvania Birds of Prey
K-12, adults
Get up close and personal with some of Pennsylvania’s magnificent birds of prey including a live falcon, hawk, and owl. Learn about these birds’ characteristic features, discover their adaptations and natural history, and explore their critical role in our environment. Find out what you can do to help birds of prey and the world we share. Download the PA Standards Correlations for Wings of Wonder.

Feathered Friends
Pre-K, K-2
Even the youngest learners are entranced by live birds. This program introduces them to the similarities and differences between birds and other living creatures, and explores what we all need to survive. By meeting our friendly education chicken and a variety of live birds of prey, young people learn how birds or prey are unique and important in our environment. Download the PA Standards Correlations for Feathered Friends.

All About Owls
K-12, adults
Meet the mysterious feathered hunters of the night! Learn whether the myths about owls are true. Staff will bring three live owls to share, and you will learn about their fascinating adaptations for night life. You will also meet a non-owl raptor such as a hawk or falcon to help illustrate the unique features of owls. A variety of teaching tools, including feathers, wings, talons and recorded owl calls are used to support this unique learning experience. Download the PA Standards Correlations for Owls.

Winged Hunters of the Day
K-12, adults
Hawks and Falcons inspire us with their soaring flight and focused gaze. Meet the most common hawk in Pennsylvania and a falcon that is among the most rare. Learn about their adaptations, challenges for survival and importance in our environment. Get to know these magnificent birds up close and learn about Pennsylvania's winged hunters.

Amazing Adaptations
Grades 3-6
Birds provide excellent examples of physical and behavioral adaptations to survive in a particular ecological niche. Each hawk, falcon, and owl has a unique form that allows it to gain the requirements of survival. Meet three magnificent birds of prey up close and personal. Feathers, wings and other parts can be shared as hands-on touchable artifacts.

Raptor Ecology
Middle School, High School, Adults
Based on state standards for Environment and Ecology, this dynamic program uses live birds of prey to explore human impact on the environment. In addition to learning raptor biology and natural history, students explore the impact of DDT and the success story of the peregrine falcon, and what bird science is teaching us about environmental change. These issues are linked to each species presented. Students identify and predict how interactions with one species may affect many others. This memorable program can be modified to meet teacher’s specific learning objectives upon request. Download the PA Standards Correlations for Raptor Ecology.

Wildlife Rehabilitation: Lessons from the Birds
K-12, adults
Learn about the important work of TWREC and what you can do to help wildlife. Meet three live birds of prey who were patients at the center and why they needed help. Each of our education birds has a disability and cannot survive on its own, but now serves as an educational ambassador. See pictures and hear stories of other patients and what they have to teach us. From these beautiful, inspiring creatures, learn what you can do to help our wildlife neighbors.

Other Programs
Tamarack offers programs for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camps, Public Libraries, Nursing Homes, Conferences, and College Classes. For smaller groups (12 or fewer), onsite programs may be arranged. Call 814-763-2574 for more information.

Booth Style Meet and Greet Programs
Tamarack can bring your event to life. For events where participants are walking and learning at their own pace, Tamarack offers booth style programs with three to four live birds of prey set on perches and a table of educational materials and touchable feathers, wings and talons, staffed by a raptor education specialist. In this memorable experience, there are opportunities for one-on-one questions, excellent close-up photos of the birds, and for relaxing while watching the raptors.

Pricing
A mileage charge applies to all presentations. The charge is $1/mile for each mile from the center to the presentation site (one way). Weekend and evening programs are $25 additional. Holidays are $50 additional.

Groups: Presentations up to 60 minutes long with three live birds of prey for groups with up to 60 participants are $85.00. Groups with 60-90 participants: $125.00. Groups with 90-120 participants: $165.00. Additional consecutive programs on the same day are $10.00 off.

School Assemblies: $250 for a presentation up to 60 minutes long with four live birds of prey and a raptor education specialist. No discount for additional programs.

Festivals, Expositions or Special Events: See description above. $250 for up to four hours and $50/hour for every additional hour.

Reservations: For reservations and more information, phone: 814-763-2574.

Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center

Tamarack specializes in the rescue, treatment and release of injured, orphaned and sick wildlife. Additionally,Tamarack provides public education programs and materials on the behavior, feeding habits, and natural habitats of many of Pennsylvania’s species of wildlife.

The injured, orphaned, and sick wildlife depend entirely upon the donations of generous people like you for their second chance at life. We thank those who have assisted in the lives of each animal who has passed through our doors, as well as those who will help them in the future.

Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3)corporation.