Live owls and hawks will be the highlight of Birds of Prey Day at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) on Saturday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mark Baker, a licensed raptor rehabilitator at Eagle Dream Rehabilitation Center, will be at the Nature Center with several of his birds that are unable to be released back into the wild. You can visit with Baker and his birds during his programs at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Birds of prey are also known as raptors and are divided into two main groups. Those that fly during the day are called diurnal birds of prey and include hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures. Those that fly at night are nocturnal and include owls.
To learn more about these amazing creatures, there will be hands-on activities that demonstrate their unique hunting techniques. You can find out what owls eat by dissecting an owl pellet, make a craft to take home, help build a life size eagle nest, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, Liberty.
ACNC’s Blue Heron Gift Shop will feature owl finger and hand puppets as well as related books for both adults and children.
Admission is $8, $6 for Nature Center members and children 3-15, and free for children 2 and under. Reservations are not required. By completing a minimum of four activities, Scouts and other children can earn a patch for an additional $3.
Audubon Community Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa., and online at auduboncnc.org.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.