Raptor-riffic Labor Day Weekend

We’re not talking dinosaurs here. This weekend is devoted to the real-life raptors, birds of prey, that live in Land Between the Lakes! Join the Nature Station crew and some special guests as we learn about these magnificent creatures through presentations, activities and games for both the young and the young-at-heart!

 

Saturday, September 1

o 10am-3pm - Nurture to Nature Wildlife Rehabilitators – Stop by and meet the folks and critters seen on the Nat. Geo Wild Television show “Bandit Patrol!” They will be on hand all day to show you some of their animals and give advice regarding what to do should you encounter an injured wild animal.

o 11am-3pm – Raptor Kids’ Craft – Come join us as you get to create your very own flying bird of prey!

o 11:00-11:45am – A Talon-ted World – Between our bald eagle, owls, red-tailed hawk, and American kestrel, raptors are a big deal here at the Nature Station. But have you ever wondered what other birds of prey live out in the rest of the world? Which one is the biggest? Did you know one of them only eats bones? Learn about some of earth's most powerful birds in this fun program!

o 1:00-1:45pm – Puppet Show: The Mighty Tree – Trees are terrific! Discover the importance of trees and the many amazing animals that call the forest home during an engaging puppet show.

o 2:00-3:00pm – Owl Pellet Investigation – Owls are so cool! Let’s take a look at a couple of live owls and investigate where they live and their role in the ecosystem. We’ll examine owl “pellets,” the castings they cough up each day, and see what scientists can learn by studying “owl puke.” The program will include several demonstrations and hands-on activities.

o 3:00-3:20pm – Eagle Encounter– Who rules the waters and skies over Land Between the Lakes? The bald eagle, of course! Visit our resident bald eagle at her dinnertime and discover her secrets of survival. Also, find out about the successful bald eagle recovery project that brought this majestic bird back from the brink of extinction.

o 4:30-4:50pm – Parade of Raptors – Come face-to-face with a barred owl, screech owl, kestrel, and red-tailed hawk as our staff moves these birds from their outdoor perches to their indoor shelter

o 5:30-8:00pm – Sunset Canoe Trip – LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED $25 per canoe. Cost does not include daytime NS admission. NS closes at 5pm. Registration limited. Reservation and full deposit required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space and for location information. Join us for a relaxed paddle as we explore the nooks and crannies of one of Lake Barkley’s scenic bays. We will search the waters and shorelines for wildlife such as osprey, eagles, beavers, egrets, frogs, and songbirds. Enjoy a feast for the eyes and ears as the sun dips below the trees and nature’s evening chorus comes to life.

 Sunday, September 2 :

o 10am-3pm – Paris Landing State Park – Stop by and meet rescued raptors from Paris Landing State Park’s rehabilitation center! They will be on hand all day to show you some of their animals and give advice regarding what to do should you encounter an injured wild animal.

o 11am-3pm – Raptor Kids’ Craft – Come join us as you get to create your very own flying bird of prey!

o 10:30-11:15am – Back From the Brink: Eagles – Who rules the waters and skies over Land Between the Lakes? The bald eagle, of course! Visit our resident bald eagle and find out about the successful bald eagle recovery project that brought this majestic bird back from the brink of extinction.

o 1:00-1:45pm – Amazing Avian Trivia – What is a group of owls called? Do you think you know the answer? Come and test your skills on all things bird related. This will be a fun program filled with neat facts and friendly competition.

o 3:00-3:45pm – Raptor Olympics – Who is the fastest? What bird is the strongest? Which bird is the stealthiest? Join one of our naturalists and find out some of the extreme survival secrets used by birds of prey in the wild. Then we’ll put you to the test to see how your skills match up to our avian athletes!

o 4:30-4:50pm – Parade of Raptors – Come face-to-face with a barred owl, screech owl, kestrel, and red-tailed hawk as our staff moves these birds from their outdoor perches to their indoor shelter.

o 5:30-8:00pm – Sunset Canoe Trip – LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED $25 per canoe. Cost does not include daytime NS admission. NS closes at 5pm. Registration limited. Reservation and full deposit required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space and for location information. Join us for a relaxed paddle as we explore the nooks and crannies of one of Lake Barkley’s scenic bays. We will search the waters and shorelines for wildlife such as osprey, eagles, beavers, egrets, frogs, and songbirds. Enjoy a feast for the eyes and ears as the sun dips below the trees and nature’s evening chorus comes to life.

 Monday, September 3 :

o 11:00-11:45am – Tiny Terrors of the Bird World – Most people associate the word “raptors” with large predatory birds, but tough sometimes comes in small packages! Meet two of our most ferocious, yet tiniest, birds of prey face to face. Parents be warned! Don’t let your children get too close!

o 12:30-1:15 – A Talon-ted World – Between our bald eagle, owls, red-tailed hawk, and American kestrel, raptors are a big deal here at the Nature Station. But have you ever wondered what other birds of prey live out in the rest of the world? Which one is the biggest? Did you know one of them only eats bones? Learn about some of earth's most powerful birds in this fun program!

o 2:00-3:30pm – Osprey Observations – From beak tip to toe, everything about these raptors is designed to do one thing extremely well: fishing! Learn about the Osprey with our naturalist and then join us a short hike to see if we can spot one of Honker Lake’s very own fine-feathered fish stalkers!

o 4:30-4:50pm – Parade of Raptors – Come face-to-face with a barred owl, screech owl, kestrel, and red-tailed hawk as our staff moves these birds from their outdoor perches to their indoor shelter.

For a complete schedule and links to daily programs, visit daily programs.

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Latitude: 36.90165 Longitude: -88.036127 Elevation: 456 ft
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Event Dates

9/1/2018 – 9/3/2018

Admission Fee (if any)

$5 ages 13 and up, $3 ages 5-12, children 4 and under Free.

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All Ages

ADA Accessibility Notes

The building is accessible. The backyard trail can be challenging as it sits on a slope. Call if you have questions at 270-924-2299.

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