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Soaring in September: Audubon Raptor Weekend 2016

Here they come! Eagles, Owls, Hawks and Falcons are headed to Bristol, Rhode Island on September 10 and 11, 2016. 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.

These birds of prey will be descending on the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol, Rhode Island for Raptor Weekend 2016. Wildlife rehabilitators and experts from across the Northeast will bring a wide variety of these extraordinary birds to the largest raptor celebration in New England. Amazing and formidable birds of prey 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 amazing birds of prey in this fun, family-friendly weekend event.

European Eagle Owl Spreads its Wings by Hope Foley (Taken at Raptor Weekend 2015)
European Eagle Owl Spreads its Wings by Hope Foley (Taken at Raptor Weekend 2015)

Presenter Highlights

Eyes on the sky! Join master falconer and crowd favorite Lorrie Schumaker of Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience for breath-taking free flight demonstrations on September 10 & 11. 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 and Harris’s Hawk are just a few of the raptors she may present.

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

On Sunday, September 11, 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. Also speaking on Sunday will be well-known Maine wildlife rehabilitator Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings.

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.

Harris’s Hawk in Flight Presentation by Hope Foley (Taken at Raptor Weekend 2015)
Harris’s Hawk in Flight Presentation by Hope Foley (Taken at Raptor Weekend 2015)

The Details:

  • Where: Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street (Route 114), Bristol, RI
  • When: September 10 & 11, 2016; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Admission: Adult: $12/member, $15/non-member; Child (ages 4 – 12): $8/member, $10/non-member; Children Under 3 are free; Family Four Pack: $35/member, $45/non-member; discounted Two Day Passes also available
  • For more information on Raptor Weekend, visit www.asri.org
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