Funded by grants from local individuals and businesses.

Birds of Prey programs are presented in the area east of the Exhibits Building.
Reservations are not required.   For schedule information please see the daily schedules.

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, 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.
     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.

Phil Huxford, Birds of Prey Program Manager
Phil has been the driving force behind Birds of Prey school programs, and often serves as a sort of Master of Ceremonies.  

Photos from Migration Celebrations from days gone by

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Birds of Prey Programs always attract large audiences.

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Steve Hoddy with Bubu, Eurasian Eagle Hawk

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Steve Hoddy with Storm, Andean Condor

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Phil Huxford with Bubo, Eurasian Eagle Owl

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Bubo, Eurasian Eagle Owl

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Bubo, Eurasian Eagle Owl

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Renegade, Peregrine Falcon

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Storm, Andean Condor

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Utah, Ferruginous Hawk