Raptors show respect

They've been a big hit at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon and, for a short time only, the raptors are returning.

The spectacular hunting birds will be part of RespectFEST 2017 and will appear for four days of flight demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21-24. Encounter courses will take place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sept 21-23. 

The flight demos will be free to the public due to funds from the federal government as part of the Canada 150 celebrations, but you need to register ahead through the RespectFEST2017 website. Encounter courses are also available to purchase for those wanting to get closer to the birds.

This past summer, thousands of people went out to see the birds of prey, and learned about the issues raptors face and conservation efforts to maintain a healthy population. 

“One of the main themes of RespectFEST is 'respect our land and environment,'" said Vicki Proulx with ABNC. "What better way to express that theme than with these amazing birds?

“It’s not only incredible to see these birds fly so close to you, and to hold them, but the raptors organization and Allan Brooks are really about education. We want people to learn about these amazing creatures and grow an appreciation for nature in the Okanagan.”

And for those in a mood to party, the Raptors will also be in attendance at Allan Brooks Nature Centre’s Wine and Wild Things gala fundraiser, Sept. 23rd at Sparkling Hill Resort.

Tickets are available for all events at www.abnc.ca.

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