Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Birds of Prey Festival in Kuna is this week
Registration for tour events at this year’s Snake River Birds of Prey Festival is now open! Tours include raptor identification, raptor banding, history of southwest Idaho, the ecology of golden eagles, and of course the very popular baby burrowing owl tour, which always sells out quickly.
To see what tours are still available, check the website at www.snakeriverbirdsofpreyfestival.com. You can download a registration form there and mail it to the address listed, or call Dave Lyon at (208) 861-9131 to register by phone with a credit card.
The Festival, now in its third year, will be held May 13-15 at Reed Elementary School at 1670 N. Linder Ave. In addition to the tours, for which registration is required, the festival features a number of events for children and adults alike, including lectures, movies, a table of children’s activities (including the ever-popular owl poop dissection), and, of course, lots of live raptors from wildlife and falconry experts in the area.
Lectures free with admission include falconry, wildlife photography with Monte Stiles, the Swainson’s hawk, the merlin, bats, raptor migration, and the effect of transmission lines on raptors. In addition, the winners of the Youth Art Contest will be announced Saturday morning at 11:50, including a presentation by the Ross Raptor Choir.
Other activities include the Saturday night banquet featuring an old-fashioned country barbecue catered by Big Daddy’s, and noted author Leon Powers for a presentation on his book Dead Owls Flying — part memoir, part wildlife adventure and part expose´ of a dark secret.
Admission is just $3 per person or $5 per family. Children are admitted free.