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Raptor Rapture at the New York State Museum

A Special Day for Birds of Prey at Albany’s NYS Museum

Raptor Rapture, NYS MuseumIt may be that when you were a kid you used your B.B. gun to shoot a crow in your yard, but you always knew better than to kill a mockingbird as “all they do is provide us with beautiful music.”

That’s all good and fine, but birds of any species must be cherished, especially birds of prey, for their grace and natural skill as selective hunters.  This Saturday, October 15, 2011, the New York State Museum in Albany will be holding Raptor Rapture, a single day event, featuring a live bird showing, located in the Carol Theatre and co-sponsored by Friends of the I.B.A. The family-fun day will include programs to teach about birds of prey. From 11am until 4pm, the panel of experts from such groups as the New York State Wildlife Rehab Council and Adirondack Wildlife Refuse & Rehab Council will lead presentations. Included in these programs will be lectures about the programs they run, which provide much needed monitoring of bird populations, and some which provide shelter and rehabilitation for such raptor populations as “the short-eared owl” and the American Kestrels, whose population is in decline. Also discussed will be their migration habits. The raptors discussed are complex creatures indeed and there is much to learn if you are willing to take that step.

And to lighten the mood, not that there should be a glum atmosphere, but just in case you are the sensitive type (who cares about matters involving extinction), there will be fun activities for the kids, that will help keep them occupied, so that you can peruse the museum freely.

If you can’t make it this Saturday, NYS Museum’s “Bird Hall” exhibit is permanent, and features  New York State birds, eggs, and their habitats.

Ezra Prior is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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