December 18, 2017

Those Rapturous Raptors are Back! Eagles, Owls, Falcons and Hawks Descend on Audubon

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Audubon Raptor Weekend 2017
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street (Route 114), Bristol, RI
September 9 & 10, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(July 7, 2017) - Here they come! Eagles, Owls, Hawks and Falcons are headed to Bristol, Rhode Island on September 9 and 10, 2017. These rulers of the avian world have razor-sharp talons, highly developed eyesight and hooked beaks that rip and tear. They are also strikingly beautiful.

Many species of these formidable birds will be descending on the Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol, Rhode Island for Raptor Weekend 2017. They will be featured in live flight demonstrations, educational programs and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages.
Audubon presents a unique opportunity for visitors to get up-close with many species and learn about raptors and their adaptations in this engaging, family-friendly weekend event.

Presenter Highlights

In addition to a number of raptor presentations by Audubon experts, wildlife rehabilitators from across the Northeast will bring their expertise with birds of prey to the event.

Join master falconer and crowd favorite Lorrie Schumaker of Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience for breath-taking free flight demonstrations on both days. Coming from Hamilton, New York, Ms. Schumaker highlights aerial agility in this popular program focusing on falconry, raptor biology and conservation. A European Eagle Owl, Saker Falcon, Barn Owl and Harris’s Hawk are just a few of the raptors she may present.

Wildlife Rehabilitator and Connecticut Falconer Christine Peyreigne of Wilton, CT will also present a Bald Eagle along with other birds of prey on Saturday, September 9.

Returning this year is Connecticut-based raptor rehabilitator Mary-Beth Kaeser of Horizon Wings. On Sunday, September 10 she will be presenting a Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon and more.

On Sunday, September 10, ever-popular presenters Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls will introduce the audience to a variety of live owls found in New England as well as other parts of the world. The Wilsons will also explore the protection of owls and their habitats.

Entertaining and educational games and activities for families will be featured both days. Admission also provides access to the award-winning Audubon Environmental Education Center and entrance to the Center’s 28-acre wildlife refuge, including the scenic boardwalk to Narragansett Bay. Food and refreshments will be available.

Volunteers are Needed!
Audubon is seeking volunteers to help with games, activities, parking, raffle table, snack areas and more. Contact Jon Scoones at jscoones@asri.org or call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3044.

For more information on Raptor Weekend, visit www.asri.org.

General Admission:
Adult: $13/member, $16/non-member
Child (ages 4 - 12): $9/member, $11/non-member
Children age 3 and under are free
Two-Day Pass:
Adult: $23/member, $28/non-member
Child: $15/member, $17/non-member
Children age 3 and under are free

Raptor Weekend is sponsored by RI PBS

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