Raptor Discovery Program

The Museum was awarded a 2015-2016 grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board to fund a “Raptor Discovery: Bridging Literacy Gaps in Schools and Libraries” program for grades 3-8 in six northwestern Wisconsin school districts.

The standards-based environmental education and literacy lesson plans are provided here free of cost to you. The use of these lesson plans is a great way to improve students’ attitude toward and knowledge of native Wisconsin birds of prey and to use children’s natural enthusiasm for living creatures as a tool for increasing literacy.

To enhance your Raptor Discovery lessons, see the list below of recommended books and consider scheduling a live raptor presentation.


Article of the Week, “Raptors in Bayfield County,” a close reading opportunity

Making Big Raptor Words

Where do you stand with Raptors

Deadly Links

Recommended Books

  • The Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of Migration, by Madeleine Dunphy and Kristin Kest
  • Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World, by Celia Godkin
  • In Good Hands: Behind the Scenes at a Center for Orphaned and Injured Birds, by Stephen R Swinburne
  • Hawk Ridge: Minnesota Birds of Prey, by Laura Erickson
  • Twelve Owls, by Laura Erickson
  • Raptors: A Kids Guide to Birds of Prey, by Christyna M. Laubach, Rene Laubach, and Charles W.G. Smith
  • Eyewitness: Eagles and Birds of Prey, by Jemima Parry-Jones


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Produced under a 2015-2016 grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board.