They are young, cute and fuzzy -- raptor chicks meet the public twice daily at World Center for Birds of Prey

29 May 2012

BOISE, Idaho – The public is invited to meet the newest, youngest, and fuzziest members of the raptor ambassador team at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey.

A young Eurasian Eagle Owl or a Peregrine Falcon chick will be shown during two of the daily live bird demonstrations. Aplomado Falcon chicks will be added to the line-up in the next four to six weeks.

Details:
When: 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. daily for 4-6 weeks
Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 youth (4-16), free to members
Information: (208) 362-8687
Driving directions: From I-84, take the Cole Road exit and continue 6 miles south on Cole Road to Flying Hawk Lane.
Website: peregrinefund.org/vmic

The Eurasian Eagle Owl, named Wally, is two months old. The Peregrine Falcon, Benny, is nearly a month old. Both birds will be used in the education program at the interpretive center.

“We want the birds to become accustomed to being around people while they are young, so this is part of their education,” said Jack Cafferty, director of the interpretive center. “It’s also a great education for the public because people have the rare opportunity to see these chicks up close while they are still very young.”

People should arrive 15 minutes early for the demonstrations, “Nestling Encounter: Meet Our Youngest Raptors.” No one will be admitted after the program begins to avoid causing undue stress on the birds.

“”People should bring their cameras for great photo ops,” Cafferty said. “We don’t have young chicks out with the general public very often, so come out and see them in the next few weeks.”

Photos and news about the chicks is available on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-World-Center-for-Birds-of-Prey/278775245468676

For more information, contact:

Erin Katzner

Director of Global Engagement
Main Phone: 208-362-3716
Direct Phone: 208-362-8277
The Peregrine Fund