Hunters of the Sky | Science Museum of Minnesota

Hunters of the Sky

For thousands of years birds of prey have gripped the human imagination. Raptors have been revered as divine messengers, prized as hunting companions, celebrated as symbols of power, and reviled as scavengers and deadly killers. This exhibit offers visitors a closer look at eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures. Specimens and dioramas present the birds in their natural habitats, while interactive components provide a closer look at their anatomy and lifestyle. The Spotted Owl Café presents issues of raptor conservation, challenging visitors to confront the values and choices that threaten these magnificent creatures.

The exhibit is now permanently installed at The Don Harrington Discovery Center in Amarillo, Texas.

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Chocoyens' Flight
Chocoyens' Flight
Meet Chocoyens, the first captive-born condor to be released into the wild. You'll see him suspended in flight and learn his hopeful story.

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Eagle Family Dinner
Eagle Family Dinner
See this diorama of adult eagles delivering food to their waiting young, and you'll be reminded why this impressive species is a national symbol.

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Feathers Up Close
Feathers Up Close
Use a microscope to examine a variety of raptor feathers. You'll discover that these unique structures are beautiful as well as functional.

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Shadow Puppets
Shadow Puppets
Grab a friend and participate in your own puppet theater. Use the puppets provided to create simple shadows on the wall. It's your friend's job to identify those shadows, using a "field guide" to help!

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What’s Your Wingspan?
What’s Your Wingspan?
Compare your own wingspan with that of a ten-foot condor! Stand before the silhouettes of a variety of raptors with wings spread and see how you measure up.

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X-ray Viewer
X-ray Viewer
Try your hand at assessing real x-rays of raptors seen at the Raptor Center. Learn about each bird's malady, the treatment, and that treatment's outcome.