Virtual Winter Raptor Fest 2020
October 18 - November 30
The Winter Raptor Fest will be virtual and available for streaming from October 18, 2020, to November 30, 2020.
“Night Owls” – Whispering Willow Wild Care & North Country Wild Care
Educators Joyce Perry and Nancy Kimball introduce you to the owls that only come out at night! Meet a a diverse lineup of native owls, from tiny Saw-whet and Eastern Screech owls to the much larger Barred and Great horned owls! You’ll learn about these nocturnal owls, their habitat, prey and specialized tactics for survival.
“Predators of the Sky” – Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Join VINS educators and birds of prey as they reveal the tools and skills that help native hawks, owls and falcons rule the sky in this exciting free-flight demonstration! You never know what you’ll see and learn when VINS educators take the stage with their fabulous birds of prey!
“The Threat to Boreal Habitats” – Adirondack Wildlife Refuge
AWR Director Wendy Hall and Kayla, a Lynx who lives at the refuge, introduce you to the mysteries of these big cats and how they, Great Gray Owls and other animals survive in such frigid climates. Find out why boreal forests matter to all of us and learn about the human activities that threaten their survival. Wendy will share fascinating facts about Lynx and her stories about living with a lynx at the refuge.
“Raptors in Flight” – Adirondack Raptors
See and learn about birds of prey adapted for hunting on the wing in this exciting aerial demonstration by Master Falconer Mark Manske! Discover fascinating facts about hawks and falcons, their behavior and changes in local raptor populations. Mark will also share details of various research projects he participates in – including the American kestrel nest box project. Mark is a retired science teacher and children’s book author when he’s not practicing falconry.
“Wildlife Alive!” – New York State Wildlife Rehab Council
NYSWRC Director Kelly Martin introduces you to a variety of birds of prey from the great Northeast. She’ll share stories about the owls, hawks and falcons she’s rehabbed and give you tips on what you should do when you find orphaned or injured wildlife. Kelly has been rehabbing wildlife for over 30 years, including state endangered Short-eared owls, Northern harriers (threatened), American kestrels and more!