MDC and the World Bird Sanctuary present virtual Raptor Basics school programs March 7 and 8

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St. LOUIS, Mo.—Hawks, falcons, owls . . . they’re all raptors.  These birds of prey live fascinating lives and possess amazing abilities that make them unique among the world of birds.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is teaming up with the World Bird Sanctuary (WBS) to present two free online Raptor Basics statewide virtual school programs in March.  The programs are designed to help students gain a better understanding of and appreciation for Missouri’s raptors. 

The Raptor Basics programs will take place 10-10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 8.  The programs are geared for 3rd grade and up.  They will explore questions like what is a raptor?  How is a raptor different from other birds?  How do they hunt and where do they live?  Students will learn the answers to these questions and more. 

These programs are free but require advanced online registration at  Teachers should select the day of their preference.  One teacher per classroom is required to register using the registration link for their students to attend these virtual programs. WBS will send out the Zoom link to all registered classroom teachers prior to the program date. Each program can accommodate up to 500 computer logons.

These programs are made possible by an education cooperative agreement between MDC and the WBS and are free for school classes to attend.  For over 40 years, the World Bird Sanctuary has helped restore the bald eagle, peregrine falcon, and American barn owl from near extinction.  They strive to support birds through education, conservation, and rehabilitation.