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The Peregrine Fund partners with POWER on new classroom

June 2019

Global engineering firm pledges funding, services

BOISE, Idaho (June 20, 2019)The Peregrine Fund will be able to bring the world of bird conservation to twice as many students per year thanks to POWER Engineers, Inc. (POWER) and the POWER Foundation.

The Peregrine Fund is working with engineers and philanthropists from POWER’s Boise office on a new state-of-the-art space at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise that’s designed to inspire the next generation of scientists, conservationists, and environmental visionaries.

The new Global STEM Classroom, funded by a $100,000 pledge from the POWER Foundation, will connect students with biologists in the field around the world who are working to help humans and vulnerable raptors co-exist. The foundation was formed in 2012 to support POWER’s philanthropic goals, including promoting STEAM education.

“This classroom will give us the opportunity to take children on global field trips where they will talk to and learn from biologists who are actually in the field,” said Erin Katzner, the Peregrine Fund’s director of global engagement. “Imagine a child getting to join our scientists as they’re perched in a tree in the rainforests of Panama, watching a Harpy Eagle nest! Our hope is that this will inspire the next generation of conservationists and scientists – that kids will start to see themselves as scientists who can change the future for the better.”

The classroom is part of the Peregrine Fund’s HATCHED campaign, an expansion of the World Center that will include 11 new outdoor bird exhibits, a new Global Raptor Education Welcome Center, an outdoor amphitheater and more parking. The expansion aims to accommodate visitor growth which has increased by 42% in the past five years, said campaign director Heather Meuleman.

“We’re bursting at the seams,” she said. “Last school year, we turned away 1,800 students. This STEM classroom more than doubles our current learning space and gives us room to grow in the coming decades so we can continue to increase our educational impact across the Treasure Valley.”

In addition to the Foundation’s pledge, POWER will provide pro-bono structural, electrical and mechanical engineering for the new space.

“Supplementing our grant with pro-bono engineering work was a natural evolution,” said Jim Haynes, POWER’s chief administrative officer and the Foundation’s board president. “It’s been exciting for us to not only financially support the center’s expansion, but also to have a vital hands-on role in helping the plans come to life.”

The Peregrine Fund is still accepting donations to the HATCHED Campaign. To learn more, contact Meuleman at hmeuleman@peregrinefund.org

The Peregrine Fund was founded in 1970 to restore the then critically endangered Peregrine Falcon, which was subsequently removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List in 1999. That success encouraged the organization to expand its focus and apply its experience and understanding to raptor conservation efforts on behalf of 140 species in 66 countries worldwide, including the Bald Eagle, California Condor, and Aplomado Falcon in the United States. The Peregrine Fund changes the future for nature and humanity by conserving birds of prey worldwide. Whether the threat is poisoning, habitat loss, human persecution, or any other cause, we use sound science to tackle the most pressing conservation issues head-on.  We accomplish high impact results by preventing raptor extinctions, protecting areas of high raptor conservation value, and addressing landscape-level threats impacting multiple species. As a catalyst for change, we inspire people to value raptors and take action, and we invest in tomorrow’s conservation leaders.  By working with communities around the world to protect the wildlife and habitats on which they depend, we are able to create lasting conservation results while improving people’s ways of life.  Support for our work comes from individual donors, corporations, foundations, and government grants.

 About POWER Engineers: POWER Engineers is a global consulting engineering firm specializing in the delivery of integrated solutions for energy, food and beverage facilities, environmental and federal markets. POWER Engineers offers complete multidiscipline engineering and program management services. Founded in 1976, it is an employee-owned company with more than 2,500 employees and 45 offices throughout the United States and abroad.

 About the POWER Foundation:  POWER has actively supported the communities in which our employees live and work since our founding in 1976. In 2013, we formalized our commitment by creating the POWER Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that allows us to actively support science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Our foundation allows POWER to think globally and act locally, inspiring a love of STEAM in future generations.

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