The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium welcomed two new raptors this week.  The museum's Live Animal Outreach Program welcomed a barn owl, and a kestrel.  These species are native to Iowa, and have seen declining populations.

The kestrel came to the River Museum from Wisconsin. It suffered a broken wing as a fledgling and could not be rehabilitated to sustain flight.  The owl is just nine weeks old and came to the museum from Missouri.

These avaian ambassadors will both be employed in education and outreach efforts.

For more information on the River Museum’s outreach programs, visit