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2019 Bird of Prey Days May 3-5

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2019 Bird of Prey Days – May 3-5

Hawkwatch!

2019 Bird of Prey Days May 3-5

Raptor Banding!

2019 Bird of Prey Days May 3-5

Come celebrate the migration and learn about raptors at

BIRD OF PREY DAYS 2019, May 3-5

This year’s featured species is the Red-tailed Hawk

Bird of Prey Days takes place at Braddock Bay Park, 199 East Manitou Road, Greece, NY

One entry fee (suggested donation) for the entire weekend! $5/adult, Kids FREE!

Each day’s activities are listed below, or download a flyer and full schedule.

Friday, May 3 - Opening Night!

Doors open at 5:30 pm

6:00 pm – Hawk Creek Wildlife Center presents “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” featuring live raptors and a flight demonstration with a Red-tailed Hawk!  Weather permitting, this program will take place outdoors.  There is limited seating, but lawn seating is available (bring blankets and chairs).  If it rains, the program will be indoors.

7:30 pm – Sunset Walk & Evening Owl Prowl around Braddock Bay Park – led by Greg Lawrence & Mike Tetlow

Saturday, May 4

INDOOR PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

10:00 am – Raptor Connections — Featuring LIVE Raptors from BBRR, presented by Daena Ford.  Meet 4 live raptors including a Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk and Merlin.

11:00 am – Ecology of the American Kestrel — Kevin Griffith, BBRR.   A presentation on habitat, plumage variation, sexing and aging, nesting, food preferences and a look at the decline in numbers. 

12:30 pm – A Red-tailed Hawk Survival Guide—presentation for kids with Talon the Hawk

1:00 pm – Story Time for Kids—featuring the story of Central Park’s famous Red-tailed Hawk, Pale Male

1:30 pm – Raptor Sketching Workshop for Kids, with Live Raptors! – Melissa Mance-Coniglio, artist and teacher

2:30 pm – Raptor Sketching Workshop for Adults, with Live Raptors —Melissa Mance-Coniglio, artist and teacher

Also…

10:00 am -1:30 pm – The Wildlife Teachers and Anne Meade. LIVE animals to meet and greet

12:30-2:00 pm – LIVE Raptors on display from Messinger Woods Wildlife Care & Education Center

11:00 am –2:00 pm – Have you own raptor related caricature done by artist Becky McDonald

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

HAWK WATCH ALL WEEKEND! Visit the hawkwatch platform from 10-2 for fun activities to help you learn about the raptor migration at Braddock Bay. Binoculars available for loan, or bring your own. Test your vision in our binocular scavenger hunt!

RAPTOR BANDING  – These activities take place in the Owl Woods area located on Manitou Beach Road

TOURS—11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Get into the banding station with licensed banders to learn about the process of capturing raptors for banding.
DEMONSTRATION STATION— open from 10:00 am -1:00 pm
Learn about what it takes to band raptors, and what we learn from the process.
Please note that all demos will take place according to the availability of the hawks that are caught and the timing of their capture.

SONG BIRD BANDING – 9 am—12 pm at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory located at 10 Braddocks Ave off of Manitou Beach Road.

 

Sunday, May 5

INDOOR PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

10:00 am – Red-tails of Braddock Bay and Beyond —Daena Ford, BBRR. Also meet a LIVE Red-tailed Hawk! Learn about migration trends and banding encounters from both spring and summer observations at Braddock Bay.  

11:00 am – A Red-tailed Hawk Survival Guide—presentation for kids with Talon the Hawk

12:00 pm – Rehabilitating Red-tailed Hawks —Morgan Hapeman, Finger Lakes Raptor Center. Also meet a LIVE Red-tailed Hawk!  Learn the reasons Red-tailed Hawks are admitted and the rehabilitation process from illness or injury to release.

1:30 pm – Rochester Young Birders Club — Robert Buckert, Rochester Birding Association  Find out how to get youth involved in birding around Rochester, and all the fun stuff that the club does!

2:30 pm – Rochester’s Peregrine Falcons, Two Decades Later— June Summers, Genesee Valley Audubon Society Learn about the history of the nesting Peregrine Falcons here in Rochester, and how you can become a Falcon Watcher!  Also meet a live falcon!

Also…

10:00 am-3:00 pm – LIVE Raptors on display from Black Creek Wildlife Station

11:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m. Have you own raptor related caricature done by artist Becky McDonald

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

HAWK WATCH ALL WEEKEND! Visit the hawkwatch platform from 10-2 for fun activities to help you learn about the raptor migration at Braddock Bay. Binoculars available for loan, or bring your own. Test your vision in our binocular scavenger hunt!

RAPTOR BANDING – These activities take place in the Owl Woods area located on Manitou Beach Road

TOURS—11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Get into the banding station with licensed banders to learn about the process of capturing raptors for banding.
DEMONSTRATION STATION— open from 10:00 am -1:00 pm
Learn about what it takes to band raptors, and what we learn from the process.
Please note that all demos will take place according to the availability of the hawks that are caught and the timing of their capture.

SONG BIRD BANDING – 9 am—12 pm at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory located at 10 Braddocks Ave off of Manitou Beach Road.

 

There will be activities for ALL ages at Bird of Prey Days, both indoors and out—so come rain or shine!

Stop by The Bird House table display to get advice on how to best adjust your binoculars for birding.  There will be a wide selection of binoculars and scopes to look through as well!

Enjoy the display of raptor artwork from Honeoye Falls-Lima 5th grade students, and find informative booths by local businesses and conservation organizations including:
Greenspark Solar
Braddock Bay Bird Observatory
The Finger Lakes Institute
Genesee Valley Audubon Society
Rochester Birding Association
Plastic Lakes Project (Saturday)
Rochester March for Science (Saturday)
Finger Lakes Raptor Center (Sunday)
RMSC’s Water Education Collaborative with the H2O Hero
The Animal Teachers with Anne Meade

Stay ALL day and grab breakfast or lunch from SPOT HOTS, Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm