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World Center for Birds of Prey plans big expansion; FUNDSY to help raise donations

The World Center for Birds of Prey is planning an expansion to double the number of students it can host.

The Center is a unique indoor/outdoor interpreative facility in South Ada County. A program of Peregrine Fund, the facility opened in 1994 and remains a top field trip destination for Idaho students.

The project hopes to get a fundraising boost from the bi-annual FUNDSY capital campaign effort. FUNDSY started in 1967 to help drive funding for the Downtown Boise YMCA. In the years since, Treasure Valley residents have given $8.2 million to nearly 50 organizations.

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“We will double our capacity to offer STEM-based global field trip experiences to Treasure Valley students centered on ecosystem health, coexistence, and conservation in action,” Richard T. Watson, President and CEO of the Peregrine Fund said in a prepared statment. “The World Center for Birds of Prey is incredibly honored to be FUNDSY’s 2019/20 beneficiary amongst an esteemed list of finalists.”

Interior rendering of the new Global Raptor Education Center at the World Center for Birds of Prey. Image via FUNDSY.

The new facility, known as the Global Raptor Education Center, would increase yearly field trip capacity from 5,000 to 10,000.

“FUNDSY is honored and excited about collaborating with The World Center for Birds of Prey to promote their mission in education and conservation,” FUNDSY President Kyle Bellnap said. “FUNDSY’s legacy has been built on the credibility we bring to the community of Boise and plan to execute on that commitment with the World Center.”

FUNDSY added a new “themed social event” this year at JUMP, as well as a golf tournament. The bi-annual gala is for May 2, 2020.

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