Birds of prey are coming to visit Rossland’s Fall Fair

Anyone who’s ever wanted to get up close and personal with a bird of prey will get their chance during the Rossland Fall Fair next weekend.

Anyone who’s ever wanted to get up close and personal with a bird of prey will get their chance during the Rossland Fall Fair next weekend. The Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) and Raptor’s Ridge Birds of Prey are bringing the exhibit to the fair, which runs during Golden City Days.

At the KAST booth, curious people can find out what a ‘raptor’ is and the difference between a bird and a bird of prey.

Professional handlers from Raptors Ridge will bring two birds to the West Kootenay for a series of public presentations – demystifying the role that birds of prey play in our environment, as well as offering up cool facts about our feathered friends. Questions and photos are welcome.

“We aim to promote an exciting educational experience giving an opportunity to learn, develop and acquire a fuller understanding of ecological interaction between humans and Birds of Prey,” explained Raptor’s Ridge co-founder Karen Kamstra.

The Birds of Prey tour will be at the Grand Forks Fall Fair on Sept.  7, Rossland Golden City Days on Sept. 8 and the New Denver Garlic Festival Sept. 9.

The tour is presented by KAST’s Growing Learning Opportunities with Science annual educational program designed to make science and technology learning fun, accessible and non-intimidating for Kootenay-Boundary kids and youth.

“Birds of prey and their unique habitat needs are a vital element of the our region’s incredible natural environment, and we’re excited to share the science and stories of these remarkable animals with the thousands of families who attend the region’s fall fairs,” said Erin Handy, program coordinator at KAST.

Raptors Ridge Birds of Prey is a unique family business – a professional conservation center providing birds of prey care and habitat, interactive workshops and public educational programs at its Maple Ridge facility, and at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a premiere Vancouver tourist attraction.

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