Soaring falcons perform at Richmond’s Terra Nova Rural Park
18 August 2016
People have long been thrilled by the aerial acrobatics of birds of prey as they soar and dive through the sky. You too will marvel at these magnificent birds when they demonstrate their speed and dexterity at the Richmond Raptor Festival at Terra Nova Rural Park on Sunday, August 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Birds of prey from Pacific Northwest Raptors will perform spectacular flying displays as their handlers share extensive knowledge of their habits and abilities. Learn about adaptions and behaviours that allow raptors to be effective hunters as well as the environmental challenges these birds face amongst humans. In addition, there will be many opportunities to meet the birds up close and take photographs between demonstrations.
“The birds are a fascinating bunch with each species having its own amazing set of skills and each individual bird having its own incredible story and quirky personality,” says Robyn Radcliffe of Pacific Northwest Raptors. “Some of the birds that live and work with us are injured or orphaned birds that cannot return to the wild. Others simply do not want to return as raptors want to conserve energy so receiving free meals, health care and the admiration of fans every day is not too bad.”
This popular free event is hosted by the City of Richmond and sponsored by the Vancouver International Airport Authority and the Richmond Nature Park Society. Flight demonstrations at the festival take place at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Between flights, you can enjoy the festival atmosphere and visit information booths presented by local and provincial conservation groups.
The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.) will present a talk at 12:30 p.m. while at 2:30 p.m., David Hancock will host a presentation of Eagles Next Door featured on CBC's Nature of Things.
This event is free and is suitable for all ages. Terra Nova Rural Park is located at 2631 Westminster Highway. Follow the signs from No.1 Road and Westminster Highway. There is no parking on site, pedestrian access only. For more information on the Raptor Festival and other upcoming events, visit www.richmond.ca/parksprograms.
About Pacific Northwest Raptors
Raptors are birds of prey including owls, eagles, vultures, falcons and hawks. Pacific Northwest Raptors supports and promotes conservation of these birds and their habitats through educational programs. This organization also rescues and cares for many injured wild raptors, striving to return them to their natural habitats. Pacific Northwest Raptors maintains a visitor centre on Vancouver Island that houses many different species. In addition to flying for educational demonstrations, these raptors have other jobs: they contribute to pest control efforts and a few of the birds are even movie stars. Visit www.pnwraptors.com for more information.