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January 31, 2018

Learn about local raptors with VINS

Learn about local raptors with VINS

Courtesy of CCCA

An owl sits patiently perched in a tree. His markings make him blend well with nature.

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m.—CAVENDISH— Owls, hawks, falcons and eagles are all around, even if we don’t see them every day. The folks at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) know all about them and will present an evening of learning on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cavendish Town Elementary School.

The presentation is part of Cavendish Community and Conservation Association’s ongoing Walk and Talk series of environmental and conservation events, and is open to residents of all area towns. Come meet live ambassador raptors from VINS and learn about their winter habits, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics that make a bird a raptor and to observe its adaptations for life as a predator on the wing. Suggested donation at the door is $5.

VINS’ mission stresses education as a way to change attitudes and maintain a healthy environment. Headquartered in Quechee, VINS houses hawks, eagles, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey in 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures. In addition, the site has two songbird aviaries, a Welcome Center and Nature Store, a Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation, a Center for Environmental Education, and the Center for Environmental Research from which operates an active Citizen Science program.

For more information, call 802-226-7259. Refreshments will be served. Cavendish Town Elementary School is located on Route 131 in Proctorsville.

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