Education Programs

Part of our mission is to help educate the public about our native wildlife. Our center is home to many non-releasable raptors and they provide a unique opportunity to learn about the wildlife in the Puget Sound. Our educational team is available for school presentations, educational events, and festivals.

The standard presentation is 1 hour and will feature 5 or more birds of prey - Cost $400 (travel costs added if the location is more than 30 miles from Arlington, WA) 

Please contact us at: info@sarveywildlife.org and we will send you an Event Request Form. 

Kestrel SkyHawk, Education Director

Sarvey Wildlife's Educational Raptors

All of the birds of prey shown here are permanent residents at the center. While our mission is Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release - sometimes birds are not suitable for release. Discussions and decisions are made in cooperation with USFWS (United States Fish and Wildlife Service) and if it is determined that a bird could become part of a glove-trained or static display, these birds may be placed with our facility or another similar program elsewhere in the country. Meet the feathered members of Sarvey's Educational Team and learn a bit more why they are here and when they came to us.

Not all of the birds are available for every educational presentation. All of our handlers are volunteers, so their availability and the temperament of each bird on the day of a presentation is a factor in the decision as to which birds will be shared.

Hu Iyake Cropped Hu Iyake - a Golden Eagle has been at Sarvey since 1999. Malocclusion of her beak requires regular attention, and therefore she cannot be released. Although she can fly, if released to the wild, she would slowly starve to death. Hu Iyake is glove-trained and handled by our Education Director, Kestrel SkyHawk. She currently resides in a flight in the non-public area at the center. Our goal is to build her a new flight out front so visitors to the center can see her - your donations can help us make this a reality. Please consider donating today! 

Freedom HanbliOkinyan cropped Freedom - a Bald Eagle arrived at Sarvey in 1998. Permanent wing damage left her unable to fly. Freedom is glove-trained and participates in educational presentations with her handler Robert. 

 Askate cropped Askate - a Bald Eagle arrived at Sarvey in 2005. A fall from the nest left her with permanent wing damage and she is unable to fly. Askate is glove-trained and participates in educational presentations with her handler David. 

Athena Cropped Athena -  a Great Horned owl has been at Sarvey since 1992. She was confiscated from the person imprinting her and has permanent wing damage. She is on static display in her habitat at the center.

Celi static cropped Celi - a Short Eared owl arrived at Sarvey in 1994. Eye damage has left her visually impaired and non-releasable. She is on static display at the center. 

Cetan Cropped Cetan - a Red Tailed hawk has been at Sarvey since 1995. A permanently damaged wing was amputated and she cannot fly. Cetan is glove-trained and is regularly included in education presentations. 

Ista 1 Cropped Ista - a Peregrine falcon was transferred to Sarvey in 2004 by a raptor center in California. Due to psychological damage she is unable to hunt and is imprinted. Ista is glove-trained and a regular participant in Sarvey's educational programs. 

Iya Cropped Iya - a Barn owl has been a resident at Sarvey since 2005, she was transferred to us from a facility in Idaho. Psychological damage has left her imprinted and non-releasable. She is glove-trained and participates regularly in educational presentations. 

Northern Saw whet owl Luna - a Northern Saw-whet owl arrived at Sarvey in November 2014. The victim of a car strike, Luna suffered permanent damage to one eye that has left her unable to be released. She is on static display in her habitat located in our educational area. She is currently working with a trainer to get her comfortable on the glove, and we expect she will be able to participate in educational presentations in the near future. 

Tadita cropped Tadita - a Barred owl is non-releasable due to injuries to her wing. She arrived at Sarvey in 2008 and is glove-trained. Visitors can see her in her enclosure at the center and she is regularly used in educational presentations off-site. 

Canowicakte 1 cropped Canowicakte - a Great Horned owl arrived at Sarvey in 1997. She has a damaged wing and is non-releasable. Cano is glove-trained and participates in educational presentations. Visitors to the center can see her in her enclosure in the educational area at the center. 

TUVU 1 Aura - a Turkey vulture who came to Sarvey as a juvenile in 2011. She had a follicle condition that never improved and is unable to grow the feathers necessary to sustain flight. She is smart and curious and especially loves the morning sunrises that hit her enclosure. Aura is now gloved trained and often participates in presentations with the team. 

The Education Team

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Kestrel SkyHawk, Education Director handling Hu Iyake at a program.

   David and Askate cropped 

David shows Askate to the children attending the presentation. They not only get to see these amazing birds up close, but they learn fun and interesting facts about the various species Sarvey receives at the center for rehabilitation care. The program includes important information about how people can help if they find an animal in distress, and includes topics of natural history, conservation, environmental impact, and living in harmony with wildlife. 

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Robert and Freedom at a school presentation. Each year, thousands of children and adults have the opportunity to attend one of our educational presentations. 

All of the migratory birds and eagles housed at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center (SWCC) are used with permission and under strict compliance of the permits granted to us by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).