What People Are Saying
"The Raptors Up Close program was the best!  Both our students and faculty thoroughly enjoyed the
presentation.  It was perfect for their grades, K-5th.  Not only was it educational, it was fun.  The
students loved seeing the birds up close.  The students came up to me and thanked me for bringing
the assembly to school because they had such a good time."
                                                                                                Bonnie Crawford
                                                                                                Lack Tuscarora Elementary School
                                                                                                Honey Grove, PA

"It was a pleasure having you at our 5th Founders Day Festival.  From our visitor survey the animals
were the number one draw, and the raptors were obviously an important part of that as we heard
several comments from adults and children alike that they had particularly enjoyed seeing many of
the birds for the first time.  So your presence was greatly appreciated in helping create the
educational environment we are trying to establish for visitors, in addition to everyone having fun.  We
would love to have you back again next year."
                                                                                        Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival
                                                                                         Capon Bridge, WV        

"Dear Raptors Up Close,
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents with us!  The children loved your program and
learned a lot.  We would not be able to do what we do at Discovery Theater without your efforts and
commitment to arts and education.  Thank You."

                                                                                                Discovery Theater
                                                                                                Smithsonian Institution     
                                                                                                Washington D.C.

"Dear Friends,
Thank you for the presentation!  We learned so much about Raptors."  
                                                        Your friends from Miss Antonio's Kindergarten
                                                        Candlewood Elementary School
                                                        Winchester, VA

"Dear Jason and Howard,
I want to thank you again for the wonderful program, "Birds of Prey," that you presented here.  
Obviously the participants appreciated the opportunity to view the birds on stage which created a
memorable learning experience.
The audience was equally enthralled with the material of your lecture on falconry, detailing its rich
history, and the hunting habits of the raptors.  Most of all, they enjoyed your enthusiasm and passion
for these remarkable birds.  I realize how difficult it can be to compress so much information into a
program, while attempting to appeal across age groups and disparities of knowledge.  Yet you
succeeded and gave great pleasure to our participants.
Thank you for sharing your expertise with the Smithsonian.  It was a pleasure to meet you and attend
the event.  I hope that we may consider other opportunities in the future."

                                                         Please accept our best wishes for your continued success,

                                                         With sincere regards
                                                         Program Manager
                                                         Ripley Center
                                                         The Smithsonian Associates
                                                         Washington, D.C.

"Dear Jason,
Just wanted to thank you for your time and excellent presentation last Saturday.  I was impressed as
well as many of our guests with all of your birds.  I hope we can get you to return to Cacapon again in
the future."


                                                                                 Kelly Smith, Naturalist
                                                                                 Cacapon State Park
                                                                                 Berkeley Springs, WV

"Raptors Up Close is the best!  It is such a thrilling show to be able to look the birds in the eye that
most of us never get to see up close, and some we hardly ever get to see because they are night
birds.  It is a very informative program that from the young to the elderly will most enjoy.  If you have a
chance, don't miss it!!!"


                                                                                 Austine Radabush
                                                                                 North River Ruritan Club
                                                                                 Mt. Solon, VA

"Mr. Howard Caldwell and Mr. Jason Caldwell are informed professionals and are wonderful
spokesmen for falconry and raptor education."

                                                                          Elizabeth Gallaher
                                                                          WV Becoming an Outdoors Woman Coordinator
                                                                          Charleston, WV

"The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Wildlife Federation would like
to take the opportunity to offer our sincere gratitude for your continued support of West Virginia's
Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days.  Your commitment to conservation and the sport of
Falconry is obvious while watching your presentation."


                                                                          Frank Jezioro, Director
                                                                          West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
                                                                          Arthur Mullins, President
                                                                          West Virginia Wildlife Federation

"Your assembly was a great hit at Liberty Elementary!!  Both students and staff were captivated by
these birds.  Students were so excited that they could get up close to the birds.  I was pleasantly
surprised that your program also included a wealth of knowledge about Raptors.  Even I came home
and was excited to tell my family what I had learned about these amazing birds.  Students were
engaged the entire time and of course the high light was the hawk taking flight in their gymn!  Great
assembly and so worth the money.  Would love to have you back again in the future!"

                                                                           Thank you,
                                                                           Una Barbagallo
                                                                           Liberty Elementary School
                                                                           Frederick, Maryland

"This is the second time we have had Raptors Up Close out to our store.  Our customers love the
presentation and the knowledge that Jason and Howard have about the birds.  It is a great learning
experience for the young and old.  My customers are amazed at the size and beauty of the birds they
bring with them.  I have seen other shows where only one or two birds are used to show but Raptors
Up Close brought seven birds with them each time.  My customers will be raving about this event for
months to come.  We had over eighty people show up for the event and I think every question was
answered.  I would recommend them to any group or function you may be having.  It was a fun filled
time for me and my customers.  I learn something new each time they come out for our event."

                                                                            Kevin White, Owner
                                                                            Wild Bird Center
                                                                            Gaithersburg, Maryland

"Our children and teachers LOVED the program and experience they had today learning about these
beautiful birds up close.  Your program is just fantastic!

                                                                             Thank you so very much.
                                                                             Kim McLaughlin
                                                                             Kanawha City Elementary School
                                                                             Charleston, West Virginia

"Hi Jason,
Everyone really loved it!  Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful birds with us!  You are
definitely on our list of favorites for our outside presenters.

                                                                               Melinda Norton, Assistant Supervisor
                                                                               Croydon Creek Nature Center
                                                                               Rockville, Maryland


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