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The Vic Raptor Celebration

NEWCOMB At the Visitor Interpretive Center in Newcomb you could hear the children yelling, The birds are coming! The birds are coming! The VIC held their Raptor Celebration on Columbus Day Weekend. The VIC staff was showing all five of the Centers non-releasable birds: a great-horned owl, a northern saw- whet owl, an American kestrel (falcon) and a red-tailed hawk. As you approached the front door of the VIC, you were greeted by the great-horned owl that was being held by volunteer Amy Freiman of Newcomb. Then, as you went inside, you were greeted by the saw-whet owl held by Ellen Rathbone. Next, you were ushered into a room where Beth Bidwell, director of the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York in Fort Ann, gave an entertaining and informative program using non-releasable raptors. Both adults and children alike learned that a peregrine falcon can dive close to 200mph when chasing their prey. Also, Brad Bidwell gave a slide show on birds of prey and gave an informative lecture on how to identify different types of hawks. On the back wall of the lecture room, the Long Lake Central School students had a Raptor Art Show on display and throughout the VIC there were raptor photographs on display and for sale.

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