Birds of prey flock to Richmond Nature Park
2016 April 29
Have you ever wanted to safely look into the eyes of a hawk or owl and meet the piercing gaze of a wild predator? If so, you can do just that on Sunday, May 8 any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Richmond Nature Park’s Hawk and Owl Show.
These raptors, birds that prey on other animals, have especially large eyes and acute vision that allow them to detect and catch a tasty meal. Other adaptations to life as a predator include sharp talons, a razor-edged beak, speed and stealth.
The Hawk and Owl Show is presented by the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.), an organization that rehabilitates injured or orphaned birds of prey. Most of the birds this organization cares for are returned to the wild, but some that have permanent injuries are chosen to be educational ambassadors for birds of prey and their habitat. Some of these birds will be the star attraction at this annual event.
The show also provides a chance to learn about Environment Canada’s Urban Owl Conservation Project. Through radio tracking, Environment Canada is able to assess habitat value and loss and the effect of environmental contamination.
All ages are welcome. Admission is by donation with all proceeds supporting the Richmond Nature Park Society educational programs. For more information, contact the Richmond Nature Park at 604-718-6188 or visit www.richmond.ca/parksprograms.
The Richmond Nature Park is located at 11851 Westminster Highway. Parking is free; please consider the environment and, if possible, travel by bike or bus.