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Raptor Weekend 2018 was made possible by the following sponsors:
Thank you to our 2018 Raptor Weekend presenters, artists, & lecturers:
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Westy’s Birds of Prey
Master Falconer Rick West of Adams, New York, highlights the aerial agility of raptors in this free-flight demonstration program focusing on falconry and raptor biology.
Catch Westy's demonstrations Saturday, September 8th from 10:30-11:15am and 1:00-2:00pm and Sunday, September 9th from 11:00-11:45am and 1:30-2:15pm.
Christine Peyreigne cares for injured and/or orphaned raptors. Whenever possible, she releases them into the wild after rehabilitation. In the summer of 2015, Christine rescued and rehabilitated Audubon’s Red-tailed Hawk: Finn. Finn’s injuries prevented his release and he now calls the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium home.
Christine's Critters will be presenting Saturday, September 8th from 11:30 am-12:30 pm and 2:30-3:30 pm.
Master Falconer Al Jordan is recognized as one of the most successful falconers on the east coast and one of the country's leading experts in raptors. Besides falconry, he exemplifies his deep knowledge of these birds through life-like wood carvings, which are highly sought after.
He will give a lecture on his experiences as a falconer from 12:30-1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. His wood carvings will also be on display from 10:00am-4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Formed in 2001 by Mary-Beth Kaeser, Horizon Wings’ mission is to rehabilitate birds of prey for release into the wild in order to maintain their population, and to educate the community to enhance awareness of the environment.
Horizon Wings will present on Sunday, September 9th from 11:30am-12:30pm and 2:30-3:30pm.
Eyes on Owls
Marcia and Mark Wilson founded Eyes On Owls in 1994 as an educational enterprise that brings owls to schools and other groups to teach about these wild “neighbors” and their habitats.
Eyes on Owls will present Sunday, September 9th from 10:00-11:00 am and 1:00-2:00 pm.
It’s quite likely you have seen one of his photographs in a nature calendar, newspaper or in an Audubon publication under the name of Providence Raptors. The Providence Journal dubbed him the “Birdman of Downtown.” Peter Green walks the city of Providence, documenting Peregrine Falcons and more urban wildlife from Red-tailed Hawks nesting on rooftops to American Kestrels hunting in graffiti-covered alleys.
See the photography exhibit on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Peter Green will also give a lecture on Photographing Providence Raptors Saturday, September 8th from 2:00-2:30 pm.
Raptors: Portraits of Birds of Prey - This delightful and dramatic collection of portraits reveals birds of prey as we never experience them: intimate and up close, photographed in Traer Scott's signature style. Seventy spectacular color photos present twenty-five different species, from the familiar to the exotic and endangered: hawks, owls, falcons, a bald eagle, kestrels, a Mississippi Kite, a turkey vulture, and more.
Purchase a copy for yourself at Raptor Weekend, and meet the author during her book signing Saturday, September 8th from 12:30-3:00 pm.
Audubon Society of Rhode Island
Audubon currently cares for eleven birds including Red-tailed Hawks, Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls, an American Kestrel and a Common Raven.
Presentations are on Saturday from 10:00-10:30 am and 3:30-4:00 pm and Sunday from 3:30-4:00 pm. Be sure to look out for Audubon's live "pop-up" raptor presentations at surprise times and locations around the event grounds, offering a chance to view these birds among smaller crowds and more natural settings.