Don't Miss Boise's World Center for Birds of Prey


The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest member of the animal kingdom, and according to National Geographic, the fastest recorded Peregrine Falcon was clocked going 242 miles an hour. These powerful birds drop down on their prey from high above in spectacular dives called stoops. These magnificent birds were nearly wiped off the earth in the middle of the twentieth century in North America due to pesticides, but thanks to the Peregrine Fund and the efforts of other organizations, the nearly extinct bird was removed from the endangered species list in 1999 during a celebration held right here in Boise, Idaho.

The World Center for Birds of Prey, the headquarters for the Peregrine Fund, is a non profit organization that focuses its efforts on protecting and conserving endangered raptors from around the world. It sits on roughly 580 acres on a hilltop above Idaho's capital city, and is the site of breeding facilities for endangered raptors, the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center, and the Herrick Collections Building that houses a large research library and the Archives of Falconry.

This summer, if you haven't made it out to the World Center for Birds of Prey, or even if you've swung by before – make it a point to stop by and get acquainted with live birds of prey, including the Peregrine Falcon among others, including California Condors and Aplomado Falcons. It's one of the most inexpensive and exciting afternoons you can spend this season in Boise, Idaho, all while learning something new. As one of Boise's crowned attractions, it's a do not miss!

Great Horned OwlThe Velma Morrison Interpretive Center keeps its doors open for visitors and the public to experience the excitement that goes on at the organization. The facility features many different ways for folks to connect with the animals; including interactive displays, multi-media shows, as well as live demonstrations with hawks, falcons, eagles, and owls. Folks can watch live California Condors, a Harpy Eagle and various other birds of prey.

The Peregrine Fund originally operated at Cornell during the 1970s, but moved to Boise, Idaho in 1984 once they developed the World Center for Birds of Prey here – due to the efforts of Boise's own Morley Nelson, a well known raptor expert. You may have heard of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area – North America's largest concentration of nesting birds of prey. Along the cliffs of the Snake River, there's a unique environment where falcons, eagles, hawks, and owls are able to live and breed unfettered for roughly 485,000 acres.

This summer, enjoy some of the excellent recreation opportunities available in the area while scenic/wildlife viewing -- including camping, hiking, boating, fishing, hunting and so much more. This is just one of the many reasons Boise, Idaho is one of the most unique and exciting metro areas in the west.

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