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Raptor Education Foundation

Since 1980, Raptor Education Foundation has used non-releasable raptors as ambassadors to promote environmental literacy

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In the annals of human history, raptors have always been an integral part of mankind's physical and spiritual world. Over 4,000 years ago raptors began to be used in some cultures to help put food on the table via the art and science of falconry. Spiritually, they symbolize the highest aspirations of purpose, power, clarity, and focus. Eagles, for instance, are mentioned in virtually all of  the great religious texts. Today, scientists use raptors as barometers of environmental health. Drastic declines in the populations of Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons, for example, pointed to the larger problems posed by habitat  disturbance and destruction,  environmental toxins, and shootings to name a few.

The Raptor Education Foundation uses these magnificent birds as ambassadors for the vast "silent majority" of living creatures: the diversity of plants and animals that creates and supports human life. The raptors in the Foundation's care are permanently impaired, unable to survive any longer in the wild. Instead, they have found a new home and a new role as educators, and nature's ambassadors. In a technological age they connect us back to the elemental forces of nature.  In a digitally scattered and clouded culture, they focus our vision.