Birds of Prey flight demonstrations to be held starting this weekend
Falcons, hawks, and owls will demonstrate their flying skills at outdoor flight displays at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey, Sept. 29-Oct. 28.
“Come Fly With Us!” will be held at 1:30 p.m. (weather permitting) each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting Sept. 29 and continuing through the month of October. People should arrive by 1:15 p.m. to allow adequate time for seating. There will be no late seating after the program begins, the Center says.
The dates are Sept. 29-30, Oct. 4-7, Oct. 11-14, Oct. 18-21, and Oct. 25-28.
A discounted admission package for families will be offered for the Oct. 4-7 demonstrations. Two adults and two children will be admitted for $14, a savings of up to $10.
For several months, education birds at the World Center for Birds of Prey have been training with staff members, who use traditional falconry techniques in the demonstrations. The 20-member flight crew includes a Peregrine Falcon, Swainson’s Hawk, Aplomado Falcon, and Eurasian Eagle-Owl.
The demonstrations will be held in a new, 300-person outdoor seating area called Raptor Ridge. The area, donated by Bill and Barbara Belknap of Boise, is constructed of local sandstone and features a scenic backdrop of the Boise Valley.
In addition to the flight demonstration, visitors can tour the interpretive center, where there are live birds of prey and hands-on activities for children and adults.
Tours of The Archives of Falconry, featuring an authentic Middle Eastern hunting tent, will be given at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
(photo courtesy World Center for the Birds of Prey)