In­ter­ac­tive dis­play takes flight

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Birds of prey are fly­ing into Har­row as part of an in­ter­ac­tive rap­tor dis­play.

The Leigh Val­ley Hawk and Owl Sanc­tu­ary will visit Har­row Hall on July 3 as part of a school hol­i­day pro­gram.

The dis­play, start­ing at noon, will give peo­ple a chance to get ‘up close and per­sonal’ with the ‘preda­tory way of life’.

Har­row Bush Nurs­ing Cen­tre ad­min­is­tra­tor and pro­grams co­or­di­na­tor Anita Mcguigan said The Bay Rid­ers Com­mu­nity Cen­tre had worked hard to bring the ac­tiv­i­tity back to Har­row fol­low­ing strong past at­ten­dance.

“We were amazed to see nearly 100 peo­ple at­tend this event last year,” she said.

“Clearly this is a very pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity for the en­tire fam­ily and as such we are bring­ing Martin and his birds back to Har­row.”

Main rap­tor-handler Martin Scuffins will lead the pre­sen­ta­tion, which in­cludes two to four birds rang­ing from a nan­keen kestrel to a wedge-tailed ea­gle.

Ms Mcguigan en­cour­aged peo­ple to at­tend the event to learn about the birds, ask questions and take pic­tures.

“We are very for­tu­nate to have fund­ing from the RE Ross Trust to pro­vide such an amaz­ing school hol­i­day pro­gram and hope peo­ple take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity,” she said.

She also en­cour­aged fam­i­lies to ex­plore other July school-hol­i­day pro­grams, in­clud­ing a golf clinic with Golf Vic­to­ria and a shadow pup­petry work­shop.

Peo­ple can buy tick­ets for the bird dis­play for $5 a fam­ily or $2 for one per­son, which in­cludes a sausage siz­zle lunch at 1pm.

BIRDS OF PREY: Leigh Val­ley Hawk and Owl Sanc­tu­ary’s rap­tor handler Martin Scuffins shows the au­di­ence a wedge-tailed ea­gle at a birds of prey dis­play in Har­row last year. Pic­ture: CONTIBUTED

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