U of M Raptor Center to celebrate 40 years, release rehabilitated birds Sept. 27

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, and the 3M Foundation invite you to observe as rehabilitated birds are released back into the wild at this year’s Fall Raptor Release on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will also mark a milestone in The Raptor’s Center 40th anniversary celebrations. 

The free and public family event will take place rain or shine at the Carpenter-St. Croix Valley Nature Center, located at 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, Minn. Please note construction on County Road 21 and St. Croix Trail is ongoing and sections of traffic are single-lane.

Activities for the day will include: hay wagon tours, pick your own apple offerings, children’s activities and opportunities to meet The Raptor Center’s education birds. Feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the day’s events!

Wild birds of prey, rehabilitated by The Raptor Center staff, will be released at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

“We look forward every year to this event. The culmination of work to get these patients healthy is a testament to our dedicated staff, volunteers, and the public, who care enough to bring these birds to us,” said Julia Ponder, D.V.M., executive director of The Raptor Center. “With the support of the community, we have been doing this work for 40 years. We look forward to seeing what the next 40 years have in store for us.” 

Event attendees are invited to bring their used ink jet printer cartridges to benefit The Raptor Center’s Recycling for Raptors program. This is a zero-waste event. Please leave pets at home.