- Written by Erin Kirkland
By: Erin Kirkland
Hannah Boron, 10, knows her birds of prey. A graduate of the American Bald Eagle Foundation’s Junior Raptor Handler program, Hannah and her twin sister, Haley, are part of an elite group of kids who participate in public presentations and stewardship activities at the foundation’s nature center in Haines, Alaska.
Brainchild of founder Dave Olerud and managed by Dr. Dan Hart, the foundation’s raptor curator, the handler program has blossomed since its inception in 2011, with a cadre of young people interested in science, nature, and the center’s feathered residents. To date, 23 kids have gone through the difficult course of study and hands-on training, with many more anxiously waiting their turn.