Auburn’s ‘Football, Fans and Feathers’ kicks off Sept. 2 for 2011 football season

AUBURN – The Southeastern Raptor Center will again host its annual birds-in-flight raptor programs on Fridays before Auburn University home football games. “Football, Fans and Feathers” kicks off Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. in the 350-seat Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater on Raptor Road off Shug Jordan Parkway.

During “Football, Fans and Feathers,” visitors learn about the residents of the Southeastern Raptor Center. Hawks, falcons and eagles will be free-flown from flight towers allowing guests to see these raptors flying close.

Admission is $5 each and registration is not required. For school groups of 25 of more, admission is $3 a person. For information about school groups, call (334) 844-6943. Children under three are admitted free. Other dates are Sept. 9 and 23; Oct. 14 and 28; and Nov. 18 and 25 with programs beginning at 4 p.m. in the amphitheater.

Roadside signs mark the program’s location on the day of each show. Raptor Road is located off Shug Jordan Parkway just north of the Wire Road intersection.

All birds used in the programs are permanent residents that are non-releasable due to prior injuries or human imprinting. The Southeastern Raptor Center is part of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. The center’s mission is to rehabilitate injured or orphaned raptors and to educate the public. For more information, go to the website. http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/raptor.

(Contributed by Tara Lanier.)

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