Catch a flight! Birds will take to the skies for outdoor flight demonstrations at the World Center for Birds of Prey

12 September 2012

BOISE, Idaho – Falcons, hawks, and owls will demonstrate their impressive 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 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.

Visitors who join or renew their Peregrine Fund membership at any of the demonstrations will be entered in a raffle to win free airline tickets, courtesy of sponsor Alaska Airlines.

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 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.

Major sponsors of the event are Alaska Airlines, Subaru, and Oxford Suites.

World Center for Birds of Prey
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Flight demonstration are 1:30 Thursday-Sunday, weather permitting. Arrive by 1:15 p.m., no late seating.)
Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 youth 4-16, free to members (family discount Oct. 4-7)
Driving directions: From I-84, take the Cole Road exit and continue south on Cole Road for 6 miles to Flying Hawk Lane.
Website: http://www.peregrinefund.org/flight-demo

For more information, contact:

Erin Katzner

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