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World Center for Birds of Prey Celebrates Big Read

9 February 2009
The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey will celebrate the community Big Read project on Saturday, 28 February 2009, with bird demonstrations, talks, family games, tours of the Archives of Falconry, and discounts on admission fees. The Big Read selection this year is "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett.

A reception with refreshments and family activities will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center.

Other events:
11:30 a.m.: Tour of the Archives of Falconry
12:15 p.m.: "Fascination with Falcons," featuring a live Peregrine Falcon and short movies on falcon behaviors
1:00 p.m.: Tour of the Archives of Falconry
1:45 p.m.: "Falcon Surprises," featuring live American Kestrels and an American Crow and a discussion of why crows are not birds of prey
2:30 p.m.: Tour of the Archives of Falconry
3:15 p.m.: "The Largest Falcon," featuring a live Gyrfalcon.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 youths (ages 4-16). Members are admitted free.
Information: 362-8687
Driving directions: World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, is located 15 minutes from downtown Boise. From I-84, take the Cole Road exit and continue 6 miles south on Cole Road to Flying Hawk Lane.

The interpretive center offers interactive displays and films for visitors of all ages. The Archives of Falconry contains art, sculpture, artifacts and rare books related to falconry. The new Arab Heritage Wing features an authentic hunting tent and displays on the ancient sport of falconry in the Middle East. The Peregrine Fund is a non-profit organization that conserves and restores rare species of raptors around the world.
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For more information, contact:

Erin Katzner

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

Additional contact

Susan Whaley, public relations coordinator
(208) 362-8274 direct
(208) 860-2641 cell
(208) 362-3716 main
The Peregrine Fund