Richmond, BC – Land-bound humans with feet firmly on the ground will never experience the freedom of flight as birds know it. But for one day, people can let their imagination fly free with eagles, hawks, falcons and owls as they demonstrate their impressive command of the sky at the Richmond Raptor Festival at Terra Nova Rural Park on Sunday, August 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
See live birds of prey in action overhead as their handlers interpret their behaviour. See them dive, soar and, on occasion, go off to explore the local sights. Visitors will have opportunities to see the birds eye-to-eye, score some close-up photos and gain insight into the challenges these birds face in the wild.
Habitat conservation and environmental concerns are critical to the survival of birds of prey so the festival will also feature exhibits by local and provincial conservation organizations. Flight demonstrations take place at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.) will present a talk at 12:30 p.m., while the Hancock Wildlife Foundation will deliver a presentation, "Eagles, Salmon and More!" at 2:30 p.m.
This popular event is hosted by the City of Richmond and sponsored by the Vancouver International Airport Authority and the Richmond Nature Park Society.
This event is suitable for all ages and admission is free. Terra Nova Rural Park is located at 2631 Westminster Highway. Follow the signs from No.1 Road and Westminster Highway. There is no parking on site, pedestrian access only. For more information on the Raptor Festival and other upcoming events, visit www.richmond.ca/parksprograms.
About Pacific Northwest Raptors
Raptors are birds of prey including owls, eagles, vultures, falcons and hawks. Pacific Northwest Raptors supports and promotes conservation of these birds and their habitats through educational programs. They also rescue and care for many injured wild raptors, striving to return them to their natural habitats. Pacific Northwest Raptors maintains a visitor centre on Vancouver Island that houses many different species. In addition to flying for educational demonstrations, these raptors have other jobs—they contribute to pest control efforts and a few of the birds are even movie stars. Visit www.pnwraptors.com for more information.
Hancock Wildlife Foundation