In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey has decided to close the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center and all visitation to the facility beginning now through the next 30 days when they will reevaluate the situation. President and CEO of the organization, Dr. Rick Watson says, “We value the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff members and feel this measure is an important way to aide in the community efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Director of the World Center, Tate Mason, says, “The Peregrine Fund and World Center for Birds of Prey is grateful for the on-going support of the Treasure Valley community.” He continues, “We are saddened to have to close during our field trip season when we typically see up to 5,000 students and many families who visit during spring break, but we feel this is the most responsible action at this time.”
In the meantime, essential staff will continue caring for the facilities’ educational bird ambassadors and growing flock of breeding California Condors, who continue to lay eggs in an effort to bolster wild populations of this Critically Endangered species.
The World Center for Birds of Prey apologizes for any inconvenience caused and looks forward to greeting members and guests back to their raptor conservation headquarters as soon as possible.