Up close and personal with raptors

  • Sun Aug 5th, 2012 4:15pm
  • Life

This is one show where you might find yourself putting your hands over your ears to protect them from the screeching.

A screeching owl, that is.

A barn owl, a golden eagle and a great horned owl, along with a peregrine falcon and a red-tailed hawk, are among the featured feathered guests at this Streamkeeper Academy program on raptors.

And sometimes the barn owl gets to screeching.

“Raptors on the Wing” will host Sarvey Wildlfe Center’s Kestrel SkyHawk, who will present these birds of prey Thursday at the Northwest Stream Center.

The program will allow audiences an up-close look at a large golden eagle and other raptors, and will provide answers to such questions as: Why are great horned owls referred to as “tiger owls?” What does the screech of a barn owl sound like? What kind of owl is the size of a robin? What hawk cry is used by Hollywood as the scream of an eagle?

This Streamkeeper Academy event is presented by the Adopt A Stream Foundation in partnership with Snohomish County Parks and Recreation.

“The audience will be thrilled to see these beautiful raptors,” said Adopt A Stream foundation director Tom Murdoch.

Raptors, birds that hunt for food on the wing, feed primarily on mammals, but some will hunt for other birds or fish. Their talons and beaks tend to be relatively large and powerful and adapted for tearing or piercing flesh, Murdoch said.

SkyHawk will use a large golden eagle called Hu Iyake — “Legs Feathered” in the Sioux language — and other raptors to teach about the birds’ habits and habitat, life histories and favorite foods.

A message about what steps to take to protect raptors will be shared.

“Raptors on the Wing” is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the auditorium of the Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Seating for the program is limited so registration is encouraged. Call 425-316-8592. The cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members; $7 for nonmembers. For more information go to www.streamkeeper.org.

Herald staff