Programs take Flight at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Work has been underway since last fall to expand the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s Live Animal Outreach Program with the arrival of two new raptors this spring. The expansion will enable staff to address Iowa bird conservation initiatives, provide teacher workshop opportunities, and add avian ambassadors to the outreach program’s portfolio.

During the last several months, the River Museum received financial support from Resource Enhancement & Protection – Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP), Alliant Energy Foundation, and private funders Richard and Jane Worm to create housing and facilitate the arrival of two new animal ambassadors, an owl and a kestrel.

It is anticipated the kestrel will begin to join small group programs and virtual programs in July, with the younger owl joining such programs later this summer. For more information on the River Museum’s outreach programs, visit

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