There are many surprises in the natural world. Some are due to our own false interpretations and conclusions, others are due to misinformation we have been given, as well as information that at one time was considered true but has been disproven.
When people think of eagles, they generally think of a large bird. If asked, “what makes an eagle different from a hawk?” the answer understandably often includes the statement that eagles are larger and more powerful than hawks. In the United States, we have the Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle. Both are large powerful […]
Within our natural world we are surrounded by amazing facts of life. In this blog I have presented 10 remarkable facts on the lifestyles of birds of prey and vultures. 1) Harpy Eagles are one of the world’s largest and strongest eagles. According to the Peregrine fund, their hallux (a raptor’s back talon) averages 3 […]
A question we are commonly asked is, “Can I have that feather?” when one of our birds drops a gorgeous feather in front of guests. The answer to this question is always, “Sorry, no.” While it may seem rude or greedy of us to not share, there is a reason—it’s illegal to have these feathers […]
The Draper Museum Raptor Experience is privileged to house both a golden and a bald eagle. Most people believe these two birds are closely related, but surprisingly this isn’t the case. Bald eagles belong to a group called “fishing eagles,” and are more closely related to kites. Golden eagles are more closely related to hawks […]
Here are some facts you might not know about birds of prey FACT #1: There are 30 species of hawks, falcons, and eagles as well as 18 species of owls breeding in North America. FACT #2: The scientific name of turkey vultures, Cathartes aura, means “purifying breeze” which reflects vultures’ ability to clean-up animal remains. […]