The beautiful birds are back in town.
Vernon's Allan Brooks Nature Centre welcomes the return of The Raptors Aug. 25 to Sept. 1.
This year, The Raptors showcase will include a Peregrine falcon, turkey vulture, red tail (or Harris) hawk, a spectacled owl and an American kestrel.
“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 fund-raiser 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.”
The Raptors hail from Duncan and make the trip in support of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.
“We’re excited to be back in beautiful Vernon working with 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. The Allan Brooks Nature Centre does amazing conservation work and our partnership helps bring more appreciation to these wonderful birds.”
Hood said the 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 with personal, up-close interaction for groups of 6-8 people.
Demonstration and Encounter tickets are sold separately and available through Ticket Seller.
For more information about ABNC and The Raptors, click here.