Southeastern Raptor Center to host ‘Football, Fans and Feathers’ this fall

Southeastern Raptor Center volunteer Cheryl Hugaboom displays Nadira, a Saker falcon, during a recent show. The center will host educational, birds-in-flight raptor programs on Fridays this fall before certain home football games.
Southeastern Raptor Center volunteer Cheryl Hugaboom displays Nadira, a Saker falcon, during a recent show. The center will host educational, birds-in-flight raptor programs on Fridays this fall before certain home football games.

AUBURN – The Southeastern Raptor Center will host educational, birds-in-flight raptor programs on Fridays this fall before certain home football games.

The programs, “Football, Fans and Feathers,” are scheduled for Sept. 14 and 21, Oct. 5 and 26 and Nov. 23. Each show will begin at 11 a.m. in the 350-seat Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater on Raptor Road just off Shug Jordan Parkway.

Tickets will be available at the raptor center gate for $5 each, payable only by check to the Southeastern Raptor Center. Cash cannot be accepted. Tickets are $3 a person for school groups, which should call ahead at (334) 844-6943. Children under three years old are admitted free.

“We will free-fly a variety of birds over the crowds from our flight towers,” said Marianne Murphy, education specialist. “It’s a very entertaining and educational show.”

Murphy and colleague Roy Crowe train Auburn’s golden eagle War Eagle VII, nicknamed Nova, and bald eagle Spirit, each of which will fly above Jordan-Hare Stadium this season. Retired golden eagle War Eagle VI, or Tiger, also lives at the center.

“Guests will see birds such as hawks and falcons flying and up close,” Crowe added. “We hope to have one of the eagles there during the shows.”

In addition to hosting shows in the amphitheater, they present shows across the Southeast for schools and organizations. More information about arranging an educational program is available by calling (334) 844-6943.

All birds used in the 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.

The center, part of the College of Veterinary Medicine, has a mission of rehabilitating injured or orphaned raptors, educating the public, and researching new aspects of raptor biomedicine. Anyone wishing to report an injured raptor in the wild should call (334) 844-6347.

(Contributed by Charles Martin.)

Contact: Charles Martin, (334) 844-9999 (marticd@auburn.edu) or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)