Funded by grants from local individuals and businesses.
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 a variety of venues including schools, service clubs, churches, and shopping malls. In past years EarthQuest has presented 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.
Upcoming Public Birds of Prey programs are listed below.
The Birds of Prey Programs culminate at Migration Celebration with four programs during the two-day festival at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. These programs are funded by donors. They are open to the public without charge.
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, Birds of Prey 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.
February 18, 2017 Time TBA
Matagorda Bay Birdfest
Texas Baptist Encampment
100 First Street
Palacios, Texas 77465
March 18, 2017 11:00 AM Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461
10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Lake Livingston State Park
300 Park Road 65
Livingston, TX 77351
April 8, 2017
11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Nuture Nature Festival
Baytown Nature Center
5213 Baytown Drive
Baytown, TX 77520
April 15, 2017 11:00 AM Quintana Beach County Park
330 5th Street
Quintana, TX 77541
979-233-1461 or 800-872-7578 Map
April 22 and 23, 2017
National Wildlife Refuge
6801 County Road 306
Brazoria, TX 77422
PHOTOS OF BIRDS OF PREY PROGRAMS
St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Van Vleck, 2011
Southside Elementary School, Angleton, 2012
O.W. Roberts Elementary School, Lake Jackson, 2014
By Jan Edwards, Image, 18-2.
Encouraging Kids to Look Closely
By Mary Tillotson, Refuge Update. Jan./Feb. 2010.