Stephens Scholars learned about different types of raptors and had a chance to meet a couple up close on Saturday.
Representatives from the University of Missouri’s Raptor Rehabilitation Project visited campus to talk to the honors students about the importance of raptors in the environment and their work at the center.
RRP rehabilitates injured birds—many of which are struck by cars—and releases them back into the wild. When birds’ injuries are so severe they would not survive in the wild, the center keeps them and uses them for educational purposes.
An American kestrel was a popular visitor during the project’s trip to Stephens. The blue and orange bird is a small falcon and is missing part of his wings. A Harlan’s Haw, a sub-species of the Red-tailed Hawk, also with a broken wing, and a partially-blind Bard Owl were also part of the event.
The Stephens Scholars program is an innovative, selective honors program that challenges students with rigorous coursework and provides experiential learning opportunities on and off campus. The honors program dates back more than 60 years and has been a model for other colleges.
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