The Raptors Around Us learning program rescheduled

Hootie the Owl. Photo provided.

CAVENDISH, Vt. – The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association had originally scheduled a program on the Raptors Around Us, but then it snowed. A lot. It snowed enough so that the program had to be canceled. That’s winter in Vermont.

But the Conservation Committee of the CCCA got right to work and rescheduled the talk. You are invited to join them on Wednesday, March 7 at 1 p.m. at the Cavendish Town Elementary School on Main Street in Proctorsville.

Owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles are all around us even if we don’t see them every day. The folks at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) know all about them and will present an afternoon of learning for all of us. You can meet captive owls, and perhaps falcons, and hear about their habits and lives.

The presentation is part of the ongoing Walk and Talk series of environmental and conservation events, and is open to residents of all area towns. Come meet live ambassador raptors from VINS and learn about their winter habits, predator-prey relationships, and the interdependence of the systems that support life. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics that make a bird a raptor and to observe their adaptations for life as a predator on the wing.

VINS’ mission stresses education as a way to change attitudes and maintain a healthy environment. Headquartered in Quechee, VINS houses hawks, eagles, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey in 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures. In addition, the site has two songbird aviaries, a welcome center and nature store, a Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation, a Center for Environmental Education, and the Center for Environmental Research from which operates an active Citizen Science program.

For more information about the program, please call Claire Walker at 802-226-7259. Refreshments will be served.

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