Raptor Spectacular Learn about falconry

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds Raptor Spectacular on Saturday, September 12. Master Falconer, Nancy Cowan from the New Hampshire School of Falconry will present two programs about the sport of falconry and the raptors she uses in her school. Falconry is using a trained bird of prey to hunt animals in the wild.

Nancy Cowan will speak and then present outdoor flight demonstrations for guests with birds such as Peregrine Falcon, Lanner Falcon, and Harris’s Hawk. A question and answer session will follow each show. Participants may take photos of these incredible birds on their perches and in flight. There will be two programs, one at 11:00 a.m. and the second at 1:00 p.m. Space is limited and advance registration and payment are recommended. The cost for the falconry program is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. A special combination pass which includes the falconry program and live animal exhibit trail is available for $23.

Other activities for Raptor Spectacular include special Up Close to Animals presentation at 12:00 p.m. featuring the Peregrine Falcon; 2:00 p.m. featuring the Broad-winged Hawk; and 3:00 p.m. featuring the Osprey. These engaging naturalist led presentations are free with trail admiFalconry Nancy Cowenssion and held outdoors at the amphitheater on the live animal exhibit trail. Volunteer docents will also be on the animal exhibit trail with live birds throughout the day.

Register for the falconry program by calling 603-968-7194 x 7. Raptor Spectacular is generously sponsored by Community Guaranty Savings Bank.

The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, an informal public garden, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors since 1966 about the importance of our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and is open daily from May 1 through November 1. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in all of northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.



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