December 28, 2015
Guests that came to the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Friday, December 18 were pleasantly surprised by the greeting they received. In addition to the smiling interagency staff giving standard greetings, three unique ambassadors were on hand to welcome visitors with curious stares. Named Ruby, Owly, and Mendel, the trio is comprised of residents of the Teton Raptor Center and was at the visitor center through a partnership between the National Elk Refuge and the non–profit organization.
The Teton Raptor Center is no stranger to the visitor center. They have provided one to two programs there each year, bringing live birds of prey to share with audiences. Due to the popularity of the programs, the National Elk Refuge and Teton Raptor Center have scheduled a series of “Feathered Friday” visits this winter, running weekly from January 8 through March 25. The informal presentations, held from 12:00-2:00 pm, will give visitors an opportunity to learn about the birds as they stand an arm’s length away from the avian emissaries. The program is free of charge.
“Our trial run earlier this month was a huge success,” said Becky Collier, Senior Avian Educator for the Teton Raptor Center. “We look forward to our new venue and expanded partnership,” she added.
Learn more about the avian ambassadors who will take turns making visitor center appearances at http://bit.ly/1khzKPt.
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