They are BACK! Amazing birds of prey with long sharp talons, hooked beaks, and highly developed eyesight and hearing are headed back to Audubon. They’re raptors, the superior hunters of the avian world. Many species of these formidable and striking birds will be at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, Rhode Island on September 11 and 12, 2021 from 10 am to 3 pm for Raptor Weekend 2021.
Eagles, owls, hawks and falcons will be featured in live presentations, educational programs and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages. Audubon presents a unique opportunity for visitors to get up-close with many species and learn about raptors and their adaptations in this engaging, family-friendly weekend event. This popular annual event was postponed in 2020, and Audubon is thrilled to bring back both raptors and visitors this September.
All proceeds from Raptor Weekend benefit raptor care, school programs, and habitat conservation efforts by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. Thank you for your support!
Help make event check-in safer by purchasing your tickets in advance. When you purchase your admission online, you will receive an e-ticket that we can easily scan - it's quick and contactless, keeping you and our staff and volunteers safe!
Make the Most of Raptor Weekend
Raptor Weekend is a family-friendly, rain or shine event. There will be on-site parking for $5.
What should I bring?
Have cash on hand for the Nature Shop, raffle, or a lunch from Lumpia Bros and My Bros' Gyros food trucks.
In an effort to reduce waste, Audubon invites you to bring and refill a reusable water bottle at the event's water refill station.
Chairs are welcomed. You may also rent one from us at the event!
Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen!
Volunteer at Raptor Weekend
Help make this event a hoot! With help from our volunteers, New England's largest celebration of raptors is made possible. Join us for this exciting and unique volunteer opportunity; help with games, activities, crafts, and more!
COVID-19: (Updated 9/2/21) Audubon is committed to ensuring that Raptor Weekend 2021 will be a safe, fun and engaging. All guests, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks while indoors. Those who have not been fully vaccinated and children between 2-12 years old, are also required to maintain social distancing and wear masks when participating in outdoor games/activities, and while under the presentation tent(s). Audubon will continue to stay current with State and Federal safety guidelines and best practices as recommended by The Department of Health.
To donate a raffle item or become a Raptor Weekend sponsor, please call (401) 949-5454.
2021 Presenter Schedule
Plus, learn more about our presenters below! Schedule subject to change.
Saturday, September 11
10:15 - 11:00 am | Eagle and Raptor Presentation by Wildlife Rehabilitator Christine's Critters (Main Tent)
10:30 - 11:15 am | Falconry Presentation by Jack Billings, falconer (Behind Building)
12:00 - 12:30 pm | Bird Drawing Demonstration and Coloring Book Signing by Artist and Author Jerry Shippee (Auditorium/Foyer)
12:00 - 12:30 pm | Nature Family Sing-A-Long by Audubon Educators Tracey Hall and Lisa Maloney (Pollinator Garden)
1:00 - 1:45 pm | Eagle and Raptor Presentation by Wildlife Rehabilitator Christine's Critters (Main Tent)
1:30 - 2:15 | Falconry Presentation by Jack Billings, falconer (Behind Building)
2:30 - 3:00 pm | RI Audubon Raptor Presentation (Main Tent)
Sunday, September 12
9:30 - 10:00 am | Talkin' Birds Radio Broadcast with Ray Brown (Back Patio)
10:15 - 11:00 am | Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World by Eyes on Owls (Main Tent)
10:30 - 11:15 am | Eagle and Raptor Presentation by Horizon Wings (Behind Building)
12:00 - 12:30 pm | Photographing Providence Raptors Lecture and Book Signing by Photographer Peter Green (Auditorium/Foyer)
12:00- 12:30 pm | Nature Family Sing-A-Long by Audubon Educators Tracey Hall and Lisa Maloney (Pollinator Garden)
1:00 - 1:45 pm | Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World by Eyes on Owls (Main Tent)
1:15 - 2:00 pm | Eagle and Raptor Presentation by Horizon Wings (Behind Building)
2:15 - 3:00 pm | RI Audubon Raptor Presentation (Main Tent)
Explore the 2021 Raptor Weekend Presenters, Artists, & Lecturers
Click on each photo for more info. More to come!
Sign up for eWing, our email newsletter to learn about other exciting Audubon programs as well as natural history stories and news from Rhode Island.
Event information is subject to change.