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Richmond Raptor Festival in Terra Nova
See a free demonstration of the ancient art of falconry and learn about the natural ecology and behaviour of birds of prey at the Richmond Raptor Festival at Terra Nova Rural Park on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Majestic birds of prey from Pacific Northwest Raptors will perform spectacular flying displays as their handlers share an extensive knowledge of the birds. Spectators will enjoy an entertaining and educational talk about raptor behaviour and hunting and learn about environmental concerns and conservation. There will be many opportunities to meet the birds up close and take photographs between demonstrations.
“The birds are a fascinating bunch, each species has its own amazing set of skills and each individual has its own incredible story and quirky personality,” says Robyn Radcliffe of Pacific Northwest Raptors. “People always want to know why our birds don’t fly away – on occasion, they go on adventures to return later – it comes down to them realizing life is easier with us.
“Raptors always want to conserve energy, which means that receiving free meals and health care, and having admiring fans watching them every day, is not too bad.”
This popular free event is hosted by the City of Richmond and sponsored by the Vancouver International Airport Authority and the Richmond Nature Park Society. Flight demonstrations take place at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Between flights you can enjoy the festival atmosphere and visit information booths presented by local and provincial conservation groups. The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will present a talk at 12:30 p.m., while John Neville, President of BC Nature, will deliver a presentation on Raptors of Canada at 2:30 p.m. Event admission is free.
Terra Nova Rural Park is located at 2631 Westminster Highway. Follow the signs from No. 1 Road and Westminster Highway. There is no parking on site, pedestrian access only.
For more information on the Raptor Festival and other upcoming events, visit www.richmond.ca/parksprograms.