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Birds of Prey Programs For All Ages

Fall Flight
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
All ages
$9/person or $34/family non-member; $8/person or $30/family for LSNC members.

The LSNC Raptors take to the sky this season! Come see our Red-tailed Hawk stoop from his tree perch, our Peregrine Falcon fly over the field, and the adult Bald Eagle glide past. While our birds don't have the skills necessary to survive in the wild, at least three of them will demonstrate their flight ability and show off their adaptations for program attendees. Space is limited, and preregistration is required.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553.

This program is discounted for all LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

An Evening with Sandhill Cranes
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
All ages
$10/person or $38/family

Fieldtrips are for adults too! Meet at LSNC at 2:00 p.m. to carpool to Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary near Jackson where during the fall over 8,000 Sandhill Cranes have been counted coming in to roost for the night. We will enjoy the evening as these large, graceful birds buzz the tree tops surrounding their evening marsh roost. Their reverberating primitive call makes a wonderful backdrop as we use binoculars and spotting scopes to get a birds-eye view of their evening home. We'll be sure to see other birds, like the northern harrier, taking advantage of this beautiful Audubon wildlife sanctuary. Binoculars and spotting scope will be provided, but feel free to bring your own, and please dress for the weather - we've found that when you're bird watching, it's always colder than you think! Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Recommended for ages 15+.

Register for this event online or call 734-997-1553.

Backyard Winter Birding
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
All ages
$9/person or $34/family non-member; $8/person or $30/family for LSNC members.

Do you find winter too cold to go bird watching?  You can bring the birds closer! Chickadees, nuthatches, juncos, and purple finches are just a few species we will focus on as we learn ways to encourage a these birds - and many more - to visit your yard. Setting up a feeding station is just one of the possibilities!  Learn what seed to offer, the type of feeder to hang, and a variety of suet recipes you can make. We'll also delve into behaviors to watch for and bird sounds to listen for.  You'll attend an informative presentation, visit our bird feeding station, then have the option to go on a birding hike. Bird feeders are a wonderful seasonal gift choice, so we'll also be ready to help you choose the right ones for your bird-watching friends and family! Space is limited, and preregistration is required.

Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553.

This program is discounted for all LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Owl Do I Love Thee?
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adults
$25/couple

Inspired by the heart-shaped faces of our owls, we'll be celebrating Valentine's Day here at LSNC! This special evening event is designed especially for you and your sweetheart. You'll both enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries, gourmet cheese, and a tasty beverage, then take a romantic lantern-lit poetry walk around our Raptor Enclosures to watch the sweetest of our resident owls up close. Space is limited, so preregistration is required.

Register for this event online or call 734-997-1553.

Owl Prowl - for adults only
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adults
$9/person non-member; $8/person for LSNC members.

Join us for an enchanting evening with owls. Night hikes, owl calling, and visits with live owls will fill the evening with wonder as we discover how ears, eyes, and feathers help owls survive the night. This is an adults only event. Space is limited, and preregistration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for all LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Owl Prowl - all ages
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
All ages
$9/person or $34/family non-member; $8/person or $30/family for LSNC members.

Join us for an enchanting evening with owls. Night hikes, owl calling, and visits with live owls will fill the evening with wonder as we discover how ears, eyes, and feathers help owls survive the night. This is a family-friendly event. Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Ornithology: An in-depth look at bird life, anatomy, and identification
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adults
$295/person

Join Dea Amstrong, City of Ann Arbor Ornithologist and expert birder, and Francie Krawcke, Leslie Science & Nature Center Raptor Program Director, for this eight week ornithology class. Perfect for the beginner or intermediate birder, sessions will delve into anatomy and physiology, behavior, taxonomy, reproduction, vocalizations, and identification. Class consists of Thursday evening lectures from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday morning fieldtrips; field trip start times vary due to sunrise time and field trip destination. Sessions are 3/5, 3/7, 3/12, 3/14, 3/19, 3/21, 3/26, 3/28, 4/2, 4/11, 4/16, 4/18, 4/23, 4/25, 4/30, & 5/2. Space is limited, and preregistration is required.

Register for this event online or call 734-997-1553.

 

Experience the beauty, speed, and power of our birds of prey

Hear the flap of wings as an eagle swoops by, see the incomparable agility of a falcon, and become enchanted by the facts and folklore of Michigan's owls. Our birds of prey programs allow you to experience these magnificent raptors in action and learn about their vital roles in the natural world. Programs are offered to the public year round for a modest fee. Your participation in these programs will not only inspire you, but will help fund the care of these injured birds who would not be able to survive in the wild. You can also stay involved with our raptors through volunteer opportunities or support their care through our Adopt-a-Raptor program.