Birds of Prey Summer Series
Birds of Prey Summer SeriesJun 23, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Erin Merz
(o) 860.572.5955 ext. 338
Angry birds? Not these guys.
MYSTIC, Conn. – Five happily rehabilitated raptors will soon descend on Mystic Aquarium for a special Birds of Prey Summer Series, presented in conjunction with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.
A Red-Tailed Hawk, Eastern Screech Owl, American Kestrel, two Barred Owls and a Great Horned Owl will appear on the arms of Audubon educators to demonstrate the remarkable beauty and abilities of these incredible birds.
Each of them was rescued after a life-threatening injury and nursed back to health by caring individuals and organizations. The Great Horned Owl, 15 years old, came to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island all the way from Alaska after he was wounded by a gunshot as a young fledgling and his wing amputated. Three were hit by cars; one apparently fell from her nest as a baby.
Though most of these rehabbed raptors can no longer fly, the programs on July 2, 9, 30, Aug. 13 and Sept. 3 will include an on-the-glove presentation with three different birds of prey. Audubon educators will discuss biological and sensory facts of these proud hunting species, and host a Q&A session with audience members.
The 30 to 45-minute programs will kick off each Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the Sea School Green stage. The program is included in the regular price of Mystic Aquarium admission.
Mystic Aquarium also offers guests “Birds of the Outback,” an interactive, seasonal exhibit that is the only of its kind in New England. The enclosed 1,200-square-foot aviary houses hundreds of colorful cockatiels, parakeets and rosellas, all native to Australia. With the $3 exhibit entry fee (plus aquarium admission), guests receive a millet seed stick for feeding the birds. Once inside the exhibit, where the friendly birds sing and fly freely, simply hold the stick in the air and watch them swoop down to perch on your arm and eat right out of your hands! You'll also learn about the birds’ habitat and behaviors, as well as the issues and challenges currently facing birds in the wild.
About Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium is a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only beluga whales. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Sea Research is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration. Learn more at www.mysticaquarium.org or www.searesearch.org .
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