Ok, so it's not a major award, but it is nice to be recognized for the hard work that we have put into our education program over the past four years. I received the President's Award from the Oklahoma Association of Environmental Education and the Sutton Center received the Outstanding Organization Award for all of our education efforts. For those not in the know, we have a free flight bird program that features mostly native birds, with a few exotics as well. We take this program into Oklahoma Schools to teach them about how/why birds and humans have such a close relationship. It's not just a "mom and pop" show though. We are part of the University of Oklahoma and our program is a full on production with backdrops, sound systems, video screens, live cameras, not to mention the live birds. I have worked in past for a major company in the bird show business and this program is not all that different except for the fact that we have far more educational materials that were developed to the state standards as outlined by the Oklahoma School System. I'm not aware of any other program in the country that puts on this level of free flight program for free.
Midas, a Golden Eagle, our newest native bird who is now in training.