Fall Flight

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Date(s) - 10/05/2014
Cost: Not Provided



Leslie Science & Nature Center
Region: North Ann Arbor
1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor

Leslie Science & Nature Center is holding Fall Flight on Sunday, October 5. It is a great chance to see birds of prey in flight. The event is for all ages and costs $9/person or $34/family ($8/person or $30/family for members).

Space is limited, so advance registration is recommended. Registration for Fall Flight  is available on the Leslie Science & Nature Center website.

Read more about the event in their press-release below.


Leslie Science & Nature Center (LSNC) invites you to marvel at the breath-taking flight abilities of birds of prey up close at Fall Flight. This rare opportunity to witness the power and grace of three of these predators will amaze and educate all ages on-site at LSNC, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105, on Sunday, October 5 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
LSNC is home to a number of injured, non-releasable birds of prey; these birds have each suffered a permanent injury that makes them unable to survive in the wild, where even a small compromise to their abilities can make the difference between predatory dominance and death. The Peregrine Falcon, one of the birds flying Sunday, is an exception to this: bred in captivity for falconry, she came to LSNC when she was unsuccessful in the sport. The other birds who will be demonstrating their flight capabilities during the program are a Red-tailed Hawk and one of the two Bald Eagles who live on the site.
LSNC’s Raptor Program Director Francie Krawcke and staff raptor specialist Sarah Gilmore will be conducting the program, handling the birds and interpreting their behavior and abilities for attendees. The event will include an examination of what makes each bird’s flight pattern unique as well as the elements that make them similar. The opportunity to see these majestic birds fly free and un-tethered around the LSNC grounds is a rare one.
Francie Krawcke explains, “LSNC’s flying program initially began to meet our birds’ needs. When our first Bald Eagle started exhibiting some undesirable behaviors, I determined that she was bored. We started training her in new behaviors and the next thing we knew she was flying up to 50 yards!” The Bald Eagle’s training was so successful that Krawcke and her staff expanded the program to include other birds. “The mental and physical stimulation each bird receives during the training is irreplaceable. I wish more of our birds were capable of this type of exercise,” said Krawcke. LSNC raptor flights also provide an opportunity for the public to observe and learn about these birds outside of their enclosures.
While the formal flight demonstration program is one hour long, staff will be available near LSNC’s Raptor Enclosures to answer questions from attendees following the program. Please plan to arrive promptly to see the entire demonstration. All of the birds of prey cared for at LSNC are housed in outdoor flight enclosures, and visitors are welcomed to visit them at any time the park is open – dawn to dusk, every day of the year.
Please join us for Fall Flight on Sunday, October 5 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105. Registration for all ages is $9/person or $34/family; discounted rates of $8/person or $30/family are available to LSNC Members. Because event size will be limited, preregistration is encouraged at http://www.lesliesnc.org or by calling 734-997-1553.

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