How can an American Eagle Foundation
(AEF) Birds Of Prey Program enhance environmental education in your school?
Environmental education has become an important part of the curricula in
many of today's schools. We have finally realized that our Earth's resources
are indeed finite, and that a well-balanced ecosystem is imperative for
our future survival. What could better illustrate this to the students of
the 90s than the plight of the bald eagle and peregrine falcon?
Our Birds Of Prey Program is an exciting and effective educational tool
to teach about wildlife, environmental and ecological concerns. It is presented
by an experienced professional staff in a very entertaining and captivating
manner. The program features majestic non-releasable birds that are superbly
trained for educating audiences of all ages. We present a safe, up-close
and dramatic look at these fascinating creatures in a classroom, auditorium
or gymnasium setting. Many species are represented, including a Bald Eagle,
Golden Eagle, Red-Tailed Hawk, Harris' Hawk, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl,
Barred Owl, Screech Owl, American Kestrel, Turkey Vulture and Black Vulture.
Over and over, our organization has seen the awe, wonder and respect that
birds of prey evoke from children and adults alike. The positive impact
that is made on children is tremendous and life-long. For the past eleven
years, our non-profit organization has educated millions of people at the
Dollywood entertanment park and at schools, conventions, trade shows and
special events throughout the country. We have successfully performed over
7,000 "free-flight" birds of prey education programs since 1991, using non-releasable
trained birds. We conduct these programs with the licensed permission of
the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service and various State fish and wildlife agencies.
During our presentation, students learn the following important facts
about birds of prey:
a) how to identify them
b) their role in the ecosystem
c) laws protecting them
d) how to help them when they are injured or orphaned
e) what students can do personally to help protect them and the environment
following the bird program students are encouraged to ask questions. We
know from countless past programs that students do enjoy and learn from
our presentation, and that the sight of these magnificent birds encourages
students to get involved in preserving our precious natural heritage.
What are the Birds Of Prey Program responsibilities
of the AEF?
AEF staff members will provide a birds of prey and environmental education
program featuring the presentation of a "live" Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle,
Peregrine Falcon, Red-Tailed Hawk, Harris' Hawk, Black Vulture, Barn
Owl, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Screech Owl, Turkey Vulture and American
Kestrel. Some birds will perform a free-flight demonstration. The AEF
will provide a 30-minute Birds Of Prey Program and an approximate 15-minute
question and answer period. Also, the AEF will provide bald eagle fact
sheet hand-outs. The AEF reserves the right to modify the bird selection
specified above per their availability.
What are the Birds Of Prey Program responsibilities
of your school?
Your school will provide a gymnasium, auditorium or classroom in which
to present the AEF Birds Of Prey Program. In addition, your school will
provide the use of 2 tables (approx. 3'x6') and a public address system
(if needed). In addition, your school will make 2 school staff persons
or students available to help the AEF staff set-up and load-out. Students
attending the bird program will be seated in the designated program area
at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled program, and school representatives
will supervise them during the program. The preferred times to schedule
programs are at 10:00 in the morning and at 2:00 in the afternoon, but
we are willing to adjust this desired schedule if absolutely necessary.
What will an AEF Birds Of Prey Program
cost your school?
The cost of the AEF Birds of Prey Program will vary depending how far away your school is from the AEF's headquarters in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Whenever feasible, the non-profit AEF makes every attempt to honor requests within counties bordering its headquarters at Pigeon Forge of East Tennessee. However, it is often not mutually feasible for eitiher AEF or the school for a program of more than approximately 100 miles distance. Schools will be responsible for making a donation to the AEF, plus cover their travel expenses to and from your school. Call the AEF at 1-800-2EAGLES for more details about program costs.
How can businesses benefit by sponsoring
an AEF Birds Of Prey Program at your school?
Many schools have limited budgets and may not be able to afford the cost
of bringing in special educational programs. Local businesses are often
asked to step forward and help sponsor the AEF Birds Of Prey Program at
schools. Schools can enlist the help of business sponsors that are already
friendly to and supportive of their efforts. Sponsors and schools are
encouraged to invite local newspaper and TV media, and business sponsors
are invited to have a representative of their company attend and introduce
the bird program.
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