Our education birds give visitors a rare chance to go face-to-face 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.You may view our schedule of daily live bird presentations or take a behind-the-scenes tour for a more in-depth look at the care and training of our avian ambassadors.
Hatched in 2001 at the World Center for Birds of Prey, Stella was raised by Peregrine Fund President J. Peter Jenny. Stella has traveled all over the country, accompanying staff on trips to meet with donors and supporters of our program to recover endangered Aplomado Falcons. Even for a bird, Stella has an impressive number of Frequent Flyer miles.
As a result of all this interaction with people, Stella is unflappable. She is patient and stately, even in a crowd. She has traversed the streets of New York City wearing a hood on her head while sitting securely on her handler’s glove.
Each spring, biologists carefully watch over more than 100 chicks produced by the captive flock of endangered Aplomado Falcons at the World Center for Birds of Prey. When the chicks are about a month old, they are transferred to Texas and New Mexico for release to the wild.