The Audubon Center of Greenwich, CT hosted a family-friendly Fall Festival and Hawk Watch Sunday, September 15th. The event celebrated both the Fall season and the annual migration of hawks and falcons that takes place every autumn in the northeast. The event schedule had something for everyone and plenty to keep the little ones entertained. Face painting, carnival games, pony rides, hayrides, and even a petting zoo with an adorable baby kangaroo among other cute critters.
The event was sponsored in part by Canon. Cannon offered the newest and greatest in camera technology to those who wished to practice their photography skills while at the event. Several hawks and owls were available as photographic subjects.
Food & Vendors
For the more adventurous guests, there were hiking trails, a bungee bounce, and a rock-climbing wall. Vendors and exhibitors showcased their wares including plants for sale, opportunities to donate to many animal-related charities, nature-related crafts including birds nest building, and a merry-go-round. A working honeybee hive was on display, showing the process of collecting and preserving honey from hive to jar. An assortment of local honey-based health and beauty products were available for purchase. A food tent offered comfort food favorites and a variety of desserts and ice cream.
Workshops & Events
The Audubon Fall Festival schedule was packed with fun and informative events. The Hawk I.D. Workshop taught how to identify local indigenous hawks. The workshop was followed by the Bird Show. The show featured James, a knowledgeable resident professor from Pace University and his group of feathered friends including a screech owl, a barred owl, a gyrfalcon, a harris hawk, and a peregrine falcon. A pond exploration was scheduled shortly thereafter, followed by the main event, the Hawk Release. During the Hawk Release, hawks that have been rehabilitated in captivity are set free to continue their life in the wild and join the wild hawks in their annual migration.
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