On Thursday, 22 June at 12:00pm, The Peregrine Fund hosted a tree dedication at the World Center for Birds of Prey in honor of Morley Nelson and his commitment to raptor conservation. Idaho Garden Clubs donated an oak tree and engraved stone as part of a national "Patriotic Trees" program to recognize those individuals who have served our nation, past and present. A decorated veteran, Nelson returned to Idaho after serving in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II and became an advocate and a life-long spokesperson for birds of prey and their importance in a healthy ecosystem. His passion and commitment led him to serve on the Board of Directors for The Peregrine Fund and to congressional establishment of a National Conservation Area recently renamed in his honor the "Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area."
The ceremony took place in the courtyard of the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center. Speakers at the dedication included Nelson's two sons Norm Nelson and Tyler Nelson, as well as Dr. Tom Cade, founder of The Peregrine Fund.
Just 15 minutes from downtown Boise on South Cole Road, The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey features a variety of eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls on display. The facility is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Guided tours and live bird presentations will occur throughout the day.
Idaho Garden Clubs is affiliated with National Garden Clubs, Inc., the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world consisting of clubs in all 50 states, as well as many countries. The goal of the organization is to provide education, resources, and national networking opportunities for its members to promote the passion of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.
The Peregrine Fund is a non-profit conservation organization working worldwide to conserve birds of prey. The Velma Morrison Interpretive Center houses the education program at the World Center for Birds of Prey. The goal of the education program is to increase public awareness of conservation and biological diversity with a focus on birds of prey. More than 30,000 visitors tour the facility each year, including children and adults from all 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries.
For more information, contact:
Director of Global Engagement
Jack Cafferty 208/362-8687