World Center for Birds of Prey hoping to spread its wings with new expansion

The expansion will add a "global stem classroom"
Posted at 4:06 PM, Jul 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 22:04:30-04

BOISE, Idaho — The World Center for Birds of Prey is looking to spread its wings and expand.

While kids are still out of school for the summer, kids like 6-year-old Brooklyn and 7-year-old Evelyn are spending their free time learning about birds.

"I love bald eagles, I never seen one, but I glad I get to see one today," Brooklyn said.

"I have seen this funny owl that had like reindeer antlers at the top and there was this one that ad like gigantic eyes," Evelyn said.

The World Center for Birds of Prey is hoping to teach even more kids about conservation during the school year, but they just don't have the space, according to Erin Katzner, an official with the center.

"Right now we don't have anywhere on our campus that's adequate for holding an entire grade of school students," Katzner said.

The center is planning the beginning of its expansion and transforming part of the inside into a global stem classroom with video chat abilities.

"We have conservation projects all over the globe, and with this technology, students will be able to talk in real time with our biologists in Africa who might be studying vultures or eagles or some other amazing species at that moment," Katzner said.

The center believes educating children is especially important because it brings awareness and an interest in science at a young age.

"Like if a bird died, a very special one, and it was like the national bird and there was only one left and that was the one that died and they were extinct, that's why I feel like we should keep the animals safe," Evelyn said.

The center is still working on planning the expansion, but ground-breaking is set for November. They're hoping the new classroom will be ready for students in March.

The expansion is being funded and supported by power engineers, and once it's complete, the classroom will be able to have live bird demonstrations inside.