BIRDS OF PREY SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Funded by grants from local individuals and businesses.

Birds of Prey Public Programs are here.


Birds of prey are birds that hunt for food primarily on the wing, using their keen senses, especially vision.   They are defined as any bird that hunts other animals.   Their talons and beaks tend to be relatively large, powerful and adapted for tearing and/or piercing flesh.   In most cases, the females are considerably larger than the males.   The term "raptor" is derived from the Latin word rapere, meaning to seize or take by force.  [Wikipedia]

EarthQuest is a non-profit environmental education organization, dedicated to the education of the public as to their impact on the natural world.   The concept for EarthQuest began in the Spring of 1989 as an idea to educate the general public about wildlife through the presentation of live animals in an entertaining format.   [EarthQuest]




Photo: Denis Mudderman
EarthQuest Handler Steve Hoddy

Photo: Denis Mudderman
Birds of Prey Program Manager Phil Huxford

     Every year during March and April, EarthQuest brings the Birds of Prey program to Brazoria County for Migration Celebration.   During the weeks preceding Migration Celebration, EarthQuest's wildlife handlers present Birds of Prey programs in more than 30 schools in the Alvin, Angleton, Bay City, Brazosport, Columbia-Brazoria, Damon, Danbury, Sweeny, and Van Vleck School Districts, reaching a total audience of over 15,000 students and teachers.
      During the same period EarthQuest also presents public Birds of Prey programs in a variety of venues including state, county, and municipal parks, service clubs, churches, and shopping malls.   These programs culminate at Migration Celebration with four programs during the two-day festival at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.
      Public Birds of Prey programs are funded by donors.   Unless otherwise noted, public programs are open to the public without charge.   The banner below lists donors who supported the public programs in 2017.
    Steve Hoddy, Earthquest
Steve is the founder and president of EarthQuest, a non-profit corporation based in Georgia.   He brings the Birds of Prey programs to Brazoria County for several weeks each year for Migration Celebration.
  
Phil Huxford, Program Manager
Phil has been the driving force behind Birds of Prey school programs, and often serves as Master of Ceremonies.   Phil is a member of the Texas Master Naturalist Cradle of Texas Chapter Class of 2001.


Photo: David Plunkett
BUBO
Eurasian eagle-owl
(Bubo bubo)
Wikipedia

Photo: Neal McLain
LAREDO
Harris's Hawk
(Parabuteo unicinctus)
Wikipedia

Photo: Pete Romfh
IGOR
BLACK VULTURE
(Coragyps atratus)
Wikipedia

Photo: Neal McLain
STORM
Andean condor
(Vultur gryphus)
Wikipedia

Photo: Neal McLain
UTAH
Ferruginous hawk
(Buteo regalis)
Wikipedia

Photo: Dave Brandes
RENEGADE
Peregrine falcon
(Falco peregrinus)
Wikipedia


UPCOMING
PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Matagorda Bay Birdfest
February 17, 2018   11:30 AM
Luther Hotel
408 S Bay Blvd
Palacios, Texas 77465
Map Luther Hotel
Map: Birdfest HQ
28.708528, -96.212213

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
20th Anniversary Celebration
Brew on the Bayou

March 10, 2018   4:00 PM
299 West Highway 332
Lake Jackson, TX 77566-4015
Map
29.0491731, -95.4761803

Brazos Bend State Park
March 17, 2018   11:00 AM
March 17, 2018   3:00 PM
21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461
Map
29.3714421, -95.6412435

Lake Livingston State Park
March 24, 2018   10:00 AM
March 24, 2018   2:00 AM
300 Park Road 65
Livingston, TX 77351
Map
30.656897, -95.001093

Quintana Beach County Park
March 31, 2018   11:00 AM
330 5th Street
Freeport, TX 77541
Map
28.9149448, -95.5789089

Aranses National
Wildlife Refuge

April 7, 2018   Time TBA
1 Wild Life Circle
Austwell, TX 77950
Map
28.223555, -96.872702

Nurture Nature Festival
April 14, 2018   11:00 AM
April 14, 2018   2:00 PM
6213 Bayway Dr
Baytown, Tx 77520
Map
29.755114, -95.035692

San Bernard
National Wildlife Refuge

April 21, 2018   9:30 AM and 4:00 PM
April 22, 2018   12:00 PM and 3:00 PM
6801 County Road 306
Brazoria, TX 77422
Map
28.9149448, -95.5789089
   
PHOTOS OF BIRDS OF PREY PROGRAMS

Steve Hoddy leads Birds of Prey Program at Migration Celebration


St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Van Vleck, 2011


Southside Elementary School, Angleton, 2012


O.W. Roberts Elementary School, Lake Jackson, 2014



SCHOOL BIRDS OF PREY PROGRAMS ARE SUPPORTED BY
DONATIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES


BIRDS OF PREY PROGRAMS IN PRINT MEDIA

Migration Celebration
By Jan Edwards, Image, 18-2.
 
Encouraging Kids to Look Closely
By Mary Tillotson, Refuge Update. Jan./Feb. 2010.