Canaan the red-tailed hawk with ACCA Executive Director Katie Fallon

Education is the most important part of our mission!

Through education and outreach, we hope that we can make the world a better place not just for birds, but also for humans and everything else in the ecosystem.

We offer several types of interactive educational programs. Most frequently, we give presentations of about an hour in length, featuring three live, non-releasable ambassador birds. We discuss the ways birds are important to healthy ecosystems as well as the natural histories of the species we bring. We are happy to modify our programs to fit the age of the audience or the theme of the event. Please don’t hesitate to reach out by email for more information.

We are licensed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service to possess the non-releasable birds we use in our educational programs. These non-releasable birds and our educators travel to schools, libraries, scout camps, and elsewhere to help engage audiences in our educational messaging.

Educators Cheyenne Carter & Aerin Davis with Eastern screech-owls Randolph & HD at the West Virginia Botanic Garden

The physical and mental wellbeing of these non-releasable birds is extremely important to us. We want these birds to have the best lives possible while living under our care. One of our favorite quotes is: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better,” by Maya Angelou. We constantly strive to improve the ways we care for non-releasable ambassador birds by attending bird training seminars, conferences, and workshops with internationally recognized experts. We train our birds using positive reinforcement methods recommended by the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators. We strive to use the least-intrusive methods possible, which results in confident, comfortable birds that have the power to make choices. If you would like more information or are interested in scheduling a presentation featuring live birds, please contact us.

Educator Alaska Jimenez & Tundra the Peregrine falcon

Our Avian Ambassadors:

Maverick the Black Vulture
Lew the Turkey Vulture
Boris the Turkey Vulture
Striker the Cooper’s Hawk
Mac the Bald Eagle
Canaan the Red-tailed Hawk
Crystal the Eastern Screech-owl
Randolph the Eastern Screech-owl
HD the Eastern Screech-owl
Jeff the Barred Owl
Killy the American Kestrel
Tundra the Peregrine Falcon
Sheryl the American Crow