Alex and Avery had been expressing interest in Eagles, especially after watching the live cam of the Eagle nest in Decorah, Iowa. I was looking for a weekend activity and found the Raptor Center holds educational programs from 1 to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
The building is free to walk around and see some of the birds through windows. Or you can attend a program on the weekends (for a fee). More info at the end of this post.
We loved visiting and learned a lot about raptors during the program. There are a number of raptors in Minnesota, such as eagles, owls, falcons, hawks and vultures. We learned the main characteristics of raptors: talons, a very sharp hook beak, and keen eyesight. For example, they can see every wing beat of a hummingbird. And if you left an open book at one end of a football field, a raptor would be able to read the words from the other side of the field (assuming they know how to read, that is).
Great Horned Owl
Program info from the web site: The Raptors of Minnesota program is presented from 1 to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday (except holidays and days The Raptor Center is hosting a special event). Meet a variety of live raptors and learn what you can do to help protect the environment we share. Program includes a tour of The Raptor Center and the outdoor housing area, home of 32 education raptors. Openings available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Program cost: $5 per student or senior, $7.50 per adult.
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