The Raptors return to Vernon's Allan Brooks Nature Centre later this month

Birds of prey are back

The Raptors are are returning to Vernon's Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

One of the most popular events at the centre will be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1 and will feature a kestrel, red tail (or Harris) hawk, black vulture and a screech owl.

“Having these birds of prey demonstrate their power and finesse at the centre is always something we look forward to,” says ABNC manager Cheryl Hood. “We’ve planned this event for some time and are so thrilled to have The Raptors return. This event is a major fundraiser for us and such a huge boost for ABNC. We just hope there’s no smoke so participants can see the real majesty of these magnificent birds.”

Last year, the event was held under a haze of smoke from area wildfires.

“We’re excited to be back in beautiful Vernon working with the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. Our birds love to fly free in the grasslands, and we always look forward to bringing this educational program to the Okanagan,” says Robyn Radcliffe, director of operations at The Raptors.

“Our mandate is to raise awareness for birds of prey and promote conservation. The birds we work with are from our visitor’s centre located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, where they fly free and choose to return to us,” says Radcliffe. “The Allan Brooks Nature Centre does amazing conservation work and our partnership helps bring more appreciation to these wonderful birds.”

Added Hood, “These presentations appeal to every age group, and we are so excited to see them back with us again this year. It gives us a chance to make people more aware of the wildlife around us and reinforce the importance conservation has for our wildlife, and our communities, before it’s lost forever.”

The Raptors’ presentations include general demonstrations for larger crowds (observation only) and “encounters” (personal, up-close interaction) for groups of six to eight people.

Demonstration and encounter tickets are sold separately and available through Ticket Seller.

For more information about ABNC and The Raptors, click here.

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