Wild About Raptors Educator Workshop Series

Professional training for formal and non-formal educators.

Hawk Mountain hopes to inspire public, private, formal, and non-formal educators with new tools, activities, and curricula for the classroom.

For 2021, we collaborated with Penn State's Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), PA Game Commission, and the Motus Tracking System to create this free workshop series, all virtually. 

May & June, 2021. Sessions are from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Act 48 hours are available! Registration is required for each session. 

Peregrine Falcon on glove for education purposes

The Peregrine Falcon in Pennsylvania

Wed, May 5, 4 PM

Details & Registration

Bert Myers, Director of Environmental Education at the PA Department of Environmental Protection, will lead participants as they learn about falcon natural history, Pennsylvania's successful peregrine falcon reintroduction, and explore a year in the life of the falcons nesting on the Rachel Carson State Office Building, through the lens of DEP's PA FalconCam.

Director of Education Jamie holding a tagged raptor

Raptors Over the Ridge

Wed, May 12, 4 PM

Details & Registration

Jamie Dawson, Director of Education at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, will highlight raptor conservation, science, and education. Discover techniques and insights from the world's longest running raptor migration count at Hawk Mountain the world's first refuge for birds of prey.

Motus Wildlife Tracking System Graphic

De-mystifying Migration with Motus

Wed, May 19, 4 PM

Details & Registration

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is a network of researchers who use automated radio telemetry to study wildlife movements on a global scale. Caitlin Welsh, Bird Conservation Specialist, will introduce the Motus network, share educational materials, and suggest ways to engage with local or regional conservation efforts by getting involved with the Motus network.

Raptor with Prey

Raptor Artistry

Wed, May 26, 4 PM

Details & Registration

Dan Lynch, Wildlife Education Supervisor at the PA Game Commission, will teach all about the amazing adaptations of Pennsylvania raptors. 

Barn Owl

Life in a Nest Box

Wed, June 2, 4 PM

Details & Registration

Jon Kauffman, Assistant Program Director of Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, will share the journey of mating, incubation, feeding young, and dispersal of barn owls and American kestrels through the lens of nestcams.

Turkey Vulture from Shaver's Creek

Behind the Scenes at Shaver's Creek

Wed, June 9, 4 PM

Details & Registration

Jason Beale, Animal Care Program Director at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of the Klingsberg Aviary and to learn how the staff cares for and trains the center's vultures, owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles.