Winter Raptor Fest 2015!  March 28 & 29


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


 

  Reserved Seating Promo

 

Make a $20 donation and get a VIP pass that guarantees your seating!

Make a $25 donation and get a VIP pass plus take half off any Individual or Family Membership!

Also, get a free Winter Raptor Fest 2015 poster! Learn more here at www.ibafriends.org/wrfseating


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

 Event is held inside a horse riding arena and heated to take the chill off


Gallup Ridge Farm is a working horse farm -

Please do not pet or feed the horses – some of them bite!


Please, NO SMOKING – NO PETS

Traffic on Blackhouse Road will be One Way between the hours of
8 am & 5 pm  – please follow signs! Washington County Sheriff’s will be directing traffic


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PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 28

10:00 AM: “Winged Wonders” – Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) – by Hannah Putnam
In this free flight demonstration, uncover the secrets of how these amazing raptors are adapted for life on the wing. Learn what makes our native hawks, owls and falcons such excellent predators of the skies.

 

Photo courtesy Mike Duncan

 

 

11:00 AM: “Wolves, Nature’s Balance” – Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehab Center (AWRRC)
Meet Kiska, a young wolf who will help Jonas & Alex teach you about wolves, their behavior and the critical role wolves play in nature.

 

Photo courtesy Sandi Sullivan

 

 

 

12:00 PM: “Wildlife Alive” – New York State Wildlife Rehab Council – by Kelly Martin
Wildlife-Alive_Kelly-Screech-SS_WRF-2014Learn about the rehab of native owls, hawks, falcons and other birds from the President of NYSWRC. Kelly shares their stories and tips on what to do when you find orphaned or injured wildlife.

 

Photo courtesy Sandi Sullivan

 

1:00 PM: “Masters of the Air II” – Adirondack Raptors – by Mark Manske
Adk-Raptors-Mark-Hawk-SS_WRF-2014See Live Birds of Prey in flight as you learn about the ancient sport of falconry. A young hawk adds an exciting new twist to this spectacular aerial demonstration. Mark will also give you an update on his participation in “Project Snowstorm,” an international effort to band and track wintering Snowy Owls.

 

Photo courtesy Sandi Sullivan

 

2:00 PM: “Raptors of Open Spaces & More!” – The Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY (TWIENY) – by Trish Marki
TWIENY_Trish-Snowy-Owl-SS_WRF-2014Meet a variety of hawks, owls and falcons as you travel from the grasslands of Washington County to the prairies of the mid-west or the arctic tundra. You will meet some of our most endangered raptors as well as favorites like the Snowy Owl!

 

Photo courtesy Sandi Sullivan

 

 

 

3:00 PM: “Physics of Flight!” – Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) – by Hannah Putnam
PROGRAM-TENT-VINS7-Hannah&Great-Horned-Owl-CB_raptor15Discover the fascinating world of raptors in this close encounter with some of our native hawks, owls and falcons… Watch them take flight right before your eyes!

 

Photo courtesy Connie Bush

 

 


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 at Winter Raptor Fest

“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!

Dr. Gordon Ellmers will sign prints of his photos from 12 – 2 both days! (100% of proceeds benefit Friends of the IBA!)

Sleigh or Wagon Rides – (11am – 3pm) each day!

Children’s Activities

Harry’s Hot Dogs: hot dogs, sausage, keilbasa, nachos, soda

Bake Sale: Little Theater on the Farm


Sunday, March 29

11:00 AM: “Winged Wonders” – Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) – by Hannah Putnam
Peregrine-Falcon-4-FW_WRF-2014In this free flight demonstration, uncover the secrets of how these amazing raptors are adapted for life on the wing. Learn what makes our native hawks, owls and falcons such excellent predators of the skies.

 

Photo courtesy Fred Wehner

 

 

12:00 PM: “Raptors of Open Spaces & More!” – The Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY (TWIENY) – by Trish Marki
alpomado-falcon-vs-kestrel-intro-to-raptors-kb_rr2013Meet a variety of hawks, owls and falcons as you travel from the grasslands of Washington County to the prairies of the mid-west or the arctic tundra. You will meet some of our most endangered raptors as well as favorites like the Snowy Owl!

 

Photo courtesy Ken Beckley

 

 

1:00 PM: “Masters of the Air II” – Adirondack Raptors – by Mark Manske
adk-raptors-flight_cb-62See Live Birds of Prey in flight as you learn about the ancient sport of falconry. A young hawk adds an exciting new twist to this spectacular aerial demonstration. Mark will also give you an update on his participation in “Project Snowstorm,” an international effort to band and track wintering Snowy Owls.

 

Photo courtesy Connie Bush

 

2:00 PM: “Bald Eagles, Snowy Owls & Other Raptors” – Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehab Center (AWRRC) – by Wendy Hall
DSC_0136Learn about Bald Eagles and other raptors and their critical role in the environment. Meet a rescued Snowy Owl and learn about the dangers these majestic birds face as they journey south in search of food.

 

Photo courtesy Sandi Sullivan

 

 

 

3:00 PM: “Physics of Flight!” – Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) – by Hannah Putnam

Discover the fascinating world of raptors in this close encounter with some of our native hawks, owls and falcons… Watch them take flight right before your eyes!

 

Photo courtesy Connie Bush

 

 


Guided Bird Walks

*Group size is limited – MUST PRE-REGISTER!

FEE: Members: FREE, Non-members: $10
*fee can be applied to annual Membership of $10 for Individuals, $20 for families

SATURDAY: 8:30am – Look for and learn to identify At Risk and common grassland birds with avid birders and Friends of the IBA outings leaders Rich Speidel and Bo Harris. Hawks, Falcons, Eastern Bluebird, Mockingbird and many more! Eastern Meadowlarks are even possible Call Rich at (518) 623-2587 to register

SUNDAY: TBA – your chance to join Friends of the IBA Board Members and some of our Live Bird of Prey educators as we look for the IBA’s endangered Short-eared Owls and other raptors. Sightings of threatened Northern Harriers and wintering Rough-legged Hawks are common Call Rich at (518) 623-2587 to register


Short-eared Owl Watch

*Group size is limited – MUST PRE-REGISTER!

SATURDAY: 6pmCall Bo at (518) 677-3350 to register


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

Washington County Maple Tour – find a Maple Producer near you!

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

Lant Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast – chalet style B & B on a working organic farm – not far from the IBA!

The Station Deli – The Station Deli is in the Fort Edward Train Station on East Street. A beautiful old historic building, all freshly renovated.


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