Winter Raptor Fest 2016!  May 14 & 15


Winter Raptor Fest supports Friends of the IBA’s work to conserve habitat for
endangered Short-eared Owls and other threatened and at risk birds of the
Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA)


 

Reserved Seating Promo

Make a $25 donation to get a VIP pass. This gets you a free Winter Raptor Fest 2016 poster and get a VIP Admission Pass that guarantees your seating at all Live Bird of Prey Programs!! Seating is limited at Indoor Programs, we strongly advise you take advantage of our Reserved Seating Promo, especially if you are coming a far distance. Reserved Seating must be purchased before the event, we will not be selling Reserving Seating at Winter Raptor Fest.Learn more here at www.ibafriends.org/wrfseating ORDER BY MAY 12TH!!


 

 Admission FEE:  $6 kids 12 & under; $12 Adults

Members FEE: $5 kids 12 & under; $10 Adults

 

 Members: Please bring your membership card for faster admission at Winter Raptor Fest. Non-members: Become a member today to save at Winter Raptor Fest, sign up at www.ibafriends.org/membership


 

FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF THE BIRDS, PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO TOUCH THEM. Please, NO SMOKING – NO PETS


 

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 14th

10:00 AM: “Wildlife Alive” – New York State Wildlife Rehab Council

NYSWRC President Kelly Martin shares tips and stories about the rehab of native owls, hawks, falcons and other birds. Learn what to do when you find orphaned or injured wildlife.

Photo courtesy Sandi Sullivan

 

 

11:00 AM: “Predators of the Sky” – Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)

VINS Educators share the secrets of how our native hawks, owls and falcons are adapted for life on the wing in this fascinating “free-flight” demonstration! Learn what makes these amazing raptors such excellent predators of the skies.

Photo courtesy Fred Wehner

 

 

12:00 PM: “Wolves, Nature’s Balance” – Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehab Center (AWRRC)

Meet Kiska, a young wolf who will help AWRRC Co-Director Steve Hall teach you about wolves, their behavior and the critical role these large predators play in nature.

Photo courtesy Wendy Hall

 

 

 

1:00 PM: “Masters of Flight” – Adirondack Raptors

Master Falconer and retired science teacher Mark Manske introduces you to the ancient sport of falconry in this exciting aerial demonstration featuring birds of prey adapted for hunting on the wing! Learn about the birds and various research projects Mark’s involved in, including the kestrel nest box project, saw-whet owl banding and his own fascinating Goshawk study.

Photo courtesy Gordon Ellmers

 

2:00 PM: “Silent Wings” – The Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY (TWIENY)

TWIENY Director Trish Marki introduces you to a variety of owls and other breathtakingly beautiful raptors, including Barn, Barred, Screech, Great-horned and Snowy Owl! Learn about the birds, their unique behaviors and conservation issues that impact them.

Photo courtesy Cliff Oliver

 

 

 

3:00 PM: “Winged Wonders” – Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)

Discover the fascinating world of raptors in this close encounter with some of our native hawks, owls and falcons. Learn about the challenges involved in taking to the skies from VINS Educators and watch as raptors take flight before your eyes!

Photo courtesy Gordon Ellmers

 

 


The Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area, or IBA, is critical to the survival of Short-eared Owls in New York State. There are less than 100 of these amazing owls left in the wild!

 

Activities and features

Signed Prints of wildlife photos by Dr. Gordon Ellmers will be available for sale at Friends of the IBA’s Info Table in the Exhibitor Building (100% of proceeds benefit Friends of the IBA!)

“For the Birds” Gift Shop – Winter Raptor Fest apparel, gifts, etc.

Raptor Photo Booth – $5: have your photo taken with a Live Bird of Prey!

Children’s Activities


Sunday, May 15th

11:00 AM: “Predators of the Sky” – Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)

VINS Educators share the secrets of how our native hawks, owls and falcons are adapted for life on the wing in this exciting “free-flight” demonstration! Learn what makes these amazing raptors such excellent predators of the skies.

Photo courtesy Fred Wehner

 

 

12:00 PM: “Masters of Flight” – Adirondack Raptors

Master Falconer and retired science teacher Mark Manske introduces you to the ancient sport of falconry in an exciting aerial demonstration with birds of prey adapted for hunting on the wing! He’ll also share information about various research projects he’s involved in, including the kestrel nest box project, saw-whet owl banding and his own Adirondack Goshawk study.

Photo courtesy Mark Manske

 

1:00 PM: “The Raptor Project” – Jonathan Wood, Master Falconer

The Raptor Project takes you on a raptor safari with the largest traveling collection of birds of prey found in the world! Wood’s entourage includes birds of prey native to every habitat on the planet, from the Arctic tundra to the desert, wetlands, prairie and woodlands of North America, to the rainforests of South America, to Europe, Asia, Iceland and Africa. See and learn about more than a dozen raptors, from falcons and owls weighing 2-3 ounces to Bald, Golden and White-tailed Eagles with 7 – 8 foot wingspans. Watch them demonstrate their aerial ability!

Photo courtesy Jonathan Wood

 

2:00 PM: “Coyote” – Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehab Center (AWRRC)

Discover the fascinating truth about coyotes, coy-dogs and coy-wolves as AWRRC’s Tommy Mingoia and coyote Dakota separate fact from fiction, with observations and research about coyote behavior. You’ll also learn the differences between eastern and western coyotes.

Photo courtesy Sandi Sullivan

 

 

3:00 PM: “Silent Wings” – The Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY (TWIENY)

TWIENY Director Trish Marki introduces you to a variety of owls and other breathtakingly beautiful raptors, including Barn, Barred, Screech, Great-horned and Snowy Owl! Learn about the birds, their unique behaviors and conservation issues that impact them.

Photo courtesy Terry Hawthorne

 

 

 

3:00 PM: “Winged Wonders” – Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)

Discover the fascinating world of raptors in this close encounter with some of our native hawks, owls and falcons. Learn about the challenges involved in taking to the skies from VINS Educators and watch as raptors take flight before your eyes!

Photo courtesy Cliff Oliver

 


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Guided Bird Walks

*Group size is limited – MUST PRE-REGISTER!
FEE: Members: FREE, Non-members: $5
*fee can be applied to annual Membership of $10 for Individuals, $20 for families

 

FRIDAY, May 13; 3:00 – 5 p.m, Saratoga National Historical Park
Park biologist Linda White takes you on a private birding tour/walk of the park’s diverse habitats. She’ll begin with a brief introduction to the park’s history as “the turning point of the American Revolution.” Likely sightings include Bobolinks, Eastern bluebirds, Kingbirds, Prairie warblers, woodpeckers and more! White-tailed deer come out in the evening to browse – you could even see an owl or coyote! Meet at the Visitor Center and be prepared for some moderate hiking! Visit there website here!

 

SATURDAY: 8:00am – Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area and Washington County Grasslands State Forest Area, Fort Edward
Avid birder Rich Speidel takes you on a tour and walk to look for threatened and common grassland birds. You will see and learn to identify a variety of raptors and migratory and breeding songbirds. Likely sightings include Northern harriers, American kestrels, Red-tailed hawks, Eastern bluebirds, Eastern Meadowlarks, Bobolinks, Mockingbirds, Savannah sparrows and more! Call Rich at (518) 623-2587 to register

 

SATURDAY: 8:00am – Noon; Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich
Spring is in the air, and there’s no place like southern Washington County to see and hear an abundant array of breeding songbirds! Friends of the IBA Field Trip Leader Bo Harris takes you on this guided walk on trails that meander through the fields and rolling hills of this this 600 acre private retreat. You’ll look for colorful sweet singing warblers, thrushes, tanagers, orioles, vireos and dozens of other migratory songbird species, as well as herons, kingfishers and ducks. We’ve recorded 60 – 70 species on past trips! Call Bo at (518) 677-3350 to register.

 

SUNDAY: 9:00 am – ? Eagle Watch, S. Washington County
Retired ornithologist and board member with the Battenkill Conservancy, Dan Albano takes you on this tour of several Eagle nests in the Battenkill and Hudson River watersheds. The eagles are tending newly hatched young now, so you might even get a peek at a downy head popping up above the edge of the nest by the time Winter Raptor Fest arrives. Size is limited to 15 for Dan’s group, by first come reservations. Spotting scopes will be available because the group will keep a good distance away from the nest. Eagles have made a remarkable comeback in New York State, thanks to NYS DEC and dedicated citizen volunteers.Call Ron at (518) 692-6938 to register.


Places to Stay and things to do for the for the weekend

Historic Inn of Fort Edward – a newly restored inn closest to Winter Raptor Fest!


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