If you are passionate about wildlife and you enjoy watching and learning about birds of prey, you will want to visit the Audubon’s Greenwich Sanctuary this weekend for the 14th Annual Greenwich HawkWatch Festival and Green Bazaar!
Saturday and Sunday (September 22 and 23), 11 am – 5 pm, rain or shine.
Greenwich’s annual hawk watch fund raising event at "Quaker Ridge" celebrates the annual hawk migration and brings attention to the grassroots conservation work Audubon is doing along the Atlantic Flyway.
The Atlantic Flyway is an actual route that runs from South America to Canada. Many species of birds utilize this super flyway as they migrate each season. The birds require refueling and rest during their long arduous journey, and places such as Greenwich Audubon provide them refuge in an ever shrinking environment due to the increasing human population, land development, pollution and climate change.
This family friendly event includes many outdoor nature themed activities for adults and children throughout both days of the festival. Numerous sponsors and eco-friendly vendors are present with organic and local foods, bird identifying lessons, live animal exhibits, and much more.
Those attending the festivities on either day will not want to miss two featured events – both of which occur on each day of the festival.
The Bird of Prey Educational Program – two shows (1 pm and 3 pm)
Live birds of prey will be in attendance – and to be able to view these magnificent animals up close is truly an experience. On Saturday, Bill and Brian Robinson will host the live bird show and on Sunday, Talons: A Bird of Prey Experience will be featured.
Raptor Release by Wildlife in Crisis – 4 pm
This not-to-miss and featured event will truly warm your heart! The festival offers visitors a rare opportunity to witness the release of a rehabilitated raptor by Wildlife in Crisis.
Established in 1988, WIC is a volunteer-run non-profit organization that accepts over 5,000 injured and orphaned animals each year. The animals receive care in a warm, relaxing environment and once nurtured and well enough, they can be released back into the wild…into their natural habitat, and the place where they are meant to be.
This festival is a fantastic way to begin our autumn season, celebrate nature and our wild neighbors and enjoy the wonderful outdoors. For additional information about the event, fees and directions, visit the Greenwich Audubon website.