2015-03-12 / Nature

Evening with Raptors

By Jack Kelly


One of NBS's resident Red-tailed Hawks. One of NBS's resident Red-tailed Hawks. The Norman Bird Sanctuary is offering a special fireside Evening with Raptors on Friday, March 20, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. This adult function is a perfect after-dinner outing and adventure, as well as a chance for an up-close and personal encounter with remarkable avian predators.

Rachel Holbert, co-director of education and raptor specialist, will host and discuss the different species of raptors found across Aquidneck Island. Attendees will learn how to identify birds of prey and determine which of these birds are local nesters and which are winter residents.

The sanctuary’s permanent resident male and female Red-tailed Hawks and a female Barred Owl will make special appearances to help participants understand their habits, behaviors and habitats. These birds have been injured in ways that do not allow for their release back into the wild, and they are living out their days well cared for by sanctuary staff and volunteers.


Female Barred Owl in the care of the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Female Barred Owl in the care of the Norman Bird Sanctuary. This program is only offered a few times a year, and as it usually fills up quickly, reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve or for more information, visit normanbirdsanctuary.org or call 401- 846-2577. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members, Light refreshments, as well as beer and wine, will be served. Proceeds will support the non-releasable raptors in the Sanctuary’s care.

Jack Kelly, a native Newporter, is a wildlife photographer and nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.


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