October 15, 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 18)
Strong Points: Nice educational information
Weak Points: Much information targeted to younger audience
Sorry to disappoint all the dinosaur lovers out there, but these raptors are of the birds of prey variety. The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine is a clinic that provides care to sick and injured raptors. In addition to describing the clinic, the website for the Raptor Center also provides nice sections devoted to education, conservation, and miscellaneous raptor-related activities (an owl paper bag puppet, anyone?). The education section contains information about all of the raptors kept at the clinic as education birds, as well a page providing detailed information about 40 different species of raptors. The species-specific information covers identifying characteristics, range, habitat, nesting, and feeding habits of the birds. For younger audiences, the “just for fun” section of the website includes activity books, puppets and masks, and games (such as matching chicks with their adult counterparts).