Our education birds give visitors a rare chance to go nose-to-beak with animals that are most often seen far in the distance or high in the sky. Close up, you can observe the intricate pattern of feathers, the impressive size of their talons, and the lively glint in the eyes of these beautiful birds of prey.
We invite you to visit our birds at the World Center for Birds of Prey.
Hatched in 2008, Bob was taken as a chick to a rehabilitation facility where he became too reliant on people to be released to the wild. He is skilled at showing the amazing ability of birds of prey to catch food in the air. Undaunted by crowds, he is comfortable flying indoors for a theater full of people, always returning to his handler’s glove for a reward. Bob also participates in the outdoor flight demonstrations held each fall.
Kestrels can be found throughout the Western Hemisphere in a variety of habitats, including urban areas. Despite their wide range, the number of kestrels appears to be declining in some regions, especially the eastern United States. Reasons for this are unclear, but people can help by installing artificial nest boxes in their backyards to provide kestrels with adequate nest sites.