TUNKHANNOCK — Seeing a golden eagle, a peregrine falcon or a saw whet owl can inspire awe and a sense of responsibility to keep these birds of prey flourishing. And Dietrich Theater guests will have a chance to do just that at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11 at the Tunkhannock theater.
Bill Streeter, executive director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, will present Close Encounters with Birds of Prey, a free program sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation, as a special pre-event to River Day in Tunkhannock set for the following Saturday, July 18.
The experience of seeing these raptors up close instills a greater respect and appreciation for these magnificent birds. Using five or six live raptors, Bill Streeter will introduce the audience to the fascinating world of these birds of prey. The audience will experience the majesty of hawks, falcons, owls and eagles up close while gaining an understanding of a variety of ecological concepts. These are all birds that have been brought to the center with injuries. Most birds are treated and returned to the wild, but some must remain in captivity. It is these injured birds that become an important element in the educational programs of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center.
Streeter has over 30 years of experience as a raptor rehabilitator, falconer and educator. He has a B.A. in Biology and an M.S. in Zoology and has completed Tufts University Veterinary School’s Leadership Program in Wildlife Medicine and Rehabilitation.
The Delaware Valley Raptor Center has promoted conservation of raptors (hawks, falcons, owls, eagles and vultures) since it opened in 1987. Their programs showcasing their birds have captivated audiences in schools, libraries, festivals and other venues.
Free tickets for the event may be reserved by calling 570-996-1500 and will be available at the door as long as they last.