Shaver's Creek

Falcons, Eagles, Owls, Snakes and a Subaru Outback


Spring 2015

Meet the newest member of the teaching staff at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center – a stunning peregrine falcon.

“This bird seems to be an exception,” explains Mark McLaughlin, director of Shaver’s Creek, noting that most falcons tend not to survive long in captivity. The falcon has been there a year and has taken well to being used for teaching. Injured and rehabilitated animals that cannot be released are adopted into the center and used for teaching. This peregrine falcon fell from his nest, resulting in a wing injury impairing his ability to fly properly.


Located near Petersburg, Pennsylvania, Shaver’s Creek is a community resource and field laboratory. It offers hands-on experiences to visitors and features a Traveling Naturalist Program, Discovery Room, and Raptor Center – which is home to this peregrine falcon.

Started in 1976 to demonstrate how healthy the surrounding environment is, the center focuses on sharing the area’s history, challenges facing the animals, biodiversity, and why the ecosystem is important. Outreach programs are conducted by staff, interns, and Penn State students, providing leadership experience for undergraduate students.

How to Get There

South of State College, Pennsylvania, Shaver’s Creek is 12 miles from Penn State’s University Park campus, and conveniently located near Stone Valley Recreation Area.

Shaver’s Creek

3400 Discovery Road

Petersburg, PA 16669

(814) 863-2000


Taking to the road this year is the custom-wrapped Subaru Outback. As a part of the Subaru of America partnership with Shaver’s Creek, the Outback will be used to support the center’s educational programs.