Vernon BC — Get closer to the thrill of an up-close encounter with some of nature’s most amazing predators at Allan Brooks Nature Centre (ABNC) in Vernon this summer. Raptor Weeks are back July 18 to August 20 for what has proved to be an unforgettable and unique experience for many, families and corporate groups alike.
Last summer nearly 2,000 people made their way to Allan Brooks Nature Centre to experience live birds-of-prey programs in the grasslands. All those in attendance for the Raptor Flight Demonstrations and, especially those that attended a one-hour Raptor Encounter Course, experienced the thrill of seeing and knowing several raptor species and their unique ways.
Raptor Weeks in 2016 were so popular that ABNC and partner, Pacific Northwest Raptors decided to extend the program to five consecutive weeks in 2017. The birds will be flying daily with Flight Demonstrations happening at 11:30am daily Tuesday-Sunday as well as at 5pm Fridays and Saturdays. Book yourself a spot in a Raptor Encounter Course and get up even closer to different birds-of-prey including an owl, hawk and falcons. You will also learn something about the issues raptors face and how we can help conserve these beautiful creatures.
“We are excited to host the birds and the public for this amazing program,” said Aaron Deans, Executive Director at ABNC. “It is not only a unique and engaging experience, it is educational and fun for all ages and a great fit for us as we grow public awareness and appreciation of nature in the Okanagan.”
Tickets are now available for morning and afternoon programs from July 18 – August 20. For program details and pricing please visit www.abnc.ca. Though children will be in awe of the birds these unique and engaging opportunities are also available to corporate teams looking for team building, employee appreciation incentives or business development.
The Raptor programs are offered in collaboration with The Raptors of Duncan, BC whose flying demonstrations and interactive experiences have long been praised as a standard in conservation messaging and bird care and well-being. “We are so excited to bring our raptors back to ABNC. Our goal is to get people closer to these incredible birds and the ABNC is such a perfect location for our raptors to soar” says Robyn Radcliffe, Operations Manager of The Raptors. “We are all about inspiring awe for wildlife – what better way to foster a connection between nature and people than to experience these beautiful and fierce predators of the sky up-close.”