Annual Woofstock celebration to feature raptor release

AUBURN – The Southeastern Raptor Center will release hawks on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Woofstock, an annual celebration for people and dogs sponsored by the Lee County Humane Society at Auburn’s Kiesel Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A short presentation by raptor center staff begins at 9:40 a.m. followed by the release of hawks into the wild.

“We will most likely release broad-winged hawks,” said raptor rehabilitation specialist Liz Crandall. “We will also bring our educational red-tailed hawks and two black vultures.”

Many favorite Woofstock activities will be back this year, including Wash-n-Wag, T-shirt tie-dyeing, K-9 demonstrations, Frisbee dog demos, pet merchandise vendors and children’s activities. Woofstock offers live entertainment by Mike Langlois, the Findley Brothers and Soul Coalition of East Alabama.

The Lee County Humane Society plans to have an expanded adoption area with most of the adult kennel dogs available for same-day adoptions.

Kiesel Park, located at 520 Chadwick Lane, is maintained by the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department. It is Auburn’s largest park, with a pavilion, garden, pond and 2 1/4 mile walking trail.

For more information, contact the Lee County Humane Society at (334) 821-3222 or go to their website at http://www.leecountyhumane.org/. Also for information, call the College of Veterinary Medicine at (334) 844-3698 or to their website at http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/.

The Southeastern Raptor Center is part of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. All birds used in programs are permanent residents that are non-releasable due to prior injuries or human imprinting. The center’s mission is to rehabilitate injured or orphaned raptors, and to educate the public. Annually the center takes in between 200 and 275 birds of prey from across the Southeast.

(Contributed by Tara Lanier.)

Contact: Tara Lanier, (334) 844-3698 (tal0002@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)