AUBURN – Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center will host educational, birds-in-flight raptor programs this fall on Fridays before home football games.
The program, “Football, Fans and Feathers,” begins Sept. 4 at 4 p.m., the day prior to Auburn’s home football opener against Louisiana Tech. A variety of birds such as hawks, falcons and eagles will be free-flown from flight towers. Education specialists will inform the audience about each bird and their role in nature.
Shows will also be held Sept. 11, 18 and 25; Oct. 16 and 30; and Nov 6, each beginning at 4 p.m. The Nov. 27 show will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of the Alabama game.
Programs take place in the 350-seat Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater on Raptor Road off Shug Jordan Parkway. Directions are available at www.auburn.edu/raptor. Admission is $5 each, and children under age 3 are admitted free. Admission is $3 a person for school groups of 25 or more; those groups should contact the center ahead of time by calling (334) 844-6943.
The Southeastern Raptor Center, part of the College of Veterinary Medicine, has a mission of rehabilitating injured or orphaned raptors and educating the public. All birds used in the educational programs are non-releasable due to prior injuries or human imprinting. Any bird capable of surviving in the wild must be released, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which permits Auburn to house the birds.