Location: 5668 West Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, Idaho 83709

Captive Breeding And Research

The research facilities at the center are designed to improve the reproduction, health and efforts for reintroduction of endangered species.  Information is also collected on raptor's general biology.  The science behind these efforts focuses on understanding of how the environment, aging and diet can affect the lifespan, reproduction, growth and health of the birds.  The center's propagation program has played an essential role in the Peregrine Falcon's successful recovery.  In 1999 it was taken off the U.S. list of Endangered Species.

Currently the organization breeds endangered Aplomado Falcons and California Condors at World Center for Birds of Prey.  Aplomado Falcon chicks get released to New Mexico and Texas wilds.  Condors are released in the Northern Arizona wilds.  Captive birds that are inside the breeding facility get monitored by video, allowing detailed behavioral information to be collected.  Studies on genetics, nutrition, contaminants and disease help biologists with evaluating problems that birds face out in the wilderness.

Education

The Peregrine Fund has helped to make the birds of prey much more accessible for the public through the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center, which was founded in 1994.  The facility features multi-media shows, interactive displays and live demonstrations with Owls, Eagles, Falcons and Hawks.  Visitors can observe live Harpy Eagles, California Condors and other kinds of birds of prey.  There are three components to the environmental educations program: outreach, school-endorsed programs and general public.  All three of these components make use of live raptors as a way of promoting the conservation of the habitat as well as the birds of prey themselves.  Approximately 30,000 people visit the interpretive center every year. 

 

Archives And Library

The Herrick Collections Building was completed in 2002.  It houses The Peregrine Fund's scientific specimen collections and research library along with the Archives of Falconry.

The collections in the Research Library include over 20,000 monographs and books along with partial or full runs of over 1,400 technical journals, maps, CDs, videos, newsletters and conservation magazines.

The Global Raptor Information Network of the library is an online service providing species accounts that are in encyclopedia style of Falcons, Eagles and Diurnal Hawks.  It connects conservation organizations and raptor researchers via a global communications network.  Information is posted on Raptor conservation issues and research findings.  The specimen collections of the libraries include almost 300 avian study skins as well as over 13,000 eggshells that researchers can use.

Included in the Archives of Falconry are memorabilia, Falconry equipment, field notes, art work and an extensive media collection on Falconry.  Modern Falconers have been instrumental in helping to organize the successful recovery of the Peregrine Falcon, which was once endangered.

The extensive library collection at the Archives of Falconry consists of 1,800 books on the subject of Falconry, which includes some originals that date all the way back to 1495.

In 2006, the size of the archives doubled.  Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed donated a 3,0000 square foot addition in honor of his father, who was the United Arab Emirates founding president.  On display in the new wing are memorabilia, an Arab tent and displays relating to Middle Eastern falconry.