Birds of Prey Day | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

Owls, Hawks, and Eagles, OH MY!

Join us for Birds of Prey Day on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm for a raptor rendezvous!

Learn all about these extraordinary animals with special encounters, talks, and flights.

Last year’s inaugural event was a great success, and we’re excited to host an even bigger and better event this year with more experts—and more importantly—more birds!

Spend some time with Darwin, Reptiland’s great horned owl! Pose for a picture and ask our animal experts questions about this beautiful bird. Get an up-close look at two stunning goshawks and chat with master falconer Michael Kuriga about hawks and other birds of prey. Witness the impressive sight of an eagle in flight! Patrick Miller of ZooAmerica will be here showing off the impressive golden eagle! And a new addition for this year, Cheri Heimbach of Baywings Falconry will join us with 6 different birds: Harris’s hawk, aplomado falcon, peregrine falcon, eagle owl, barn owl, and a screech owl!

Special Guests

Michael Kuriga

Michael Kuriga

Master Falconer
Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Master Falconer, ZooAmerica
Cheri Heimbach

Cheri Heimbach

Master Falconer, Baywings Falconry

Ticket Prices
$16 for ages 12 and up
$14 for ages 3 through 11
FREE for ages 2 and under

Zoo members: This is event is FREE for you to attend. Though not necessary, we recommend reserving tickets in advance. To do so, please call 570-538-1869. Thank you!

See a goshawk up-close at Birds of Prey Day o April 22, 2018! | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

Raptors at Reptiland

The word raptor is a general term that refers to all birds of prey including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures, ospreys, and many more. Raptor comes from the Latin word rapere meaning to seize, grab, or take by force—identifying these birds by the way they obtain their prey.

People often wonder why we have birds at a reptile zoo. Well, modern birds evolved from a group of dinosaurs called theropods! Birds actually share many traits with these extinct relatives, including three forward-facing toes, a fused collarbone (or “wishbone”), hollow bones, and feathers! Basically, we’re hosting Birds of Prey Day for the same reason we have exhibits with parakeets and emus: birds are dinosaurs (and by extension, reptiles)!

To learn more about the link between reptiles and birds, read our blog How Birds and Reptiles are Related.

Speaking of Dinosaurs…

While you’re here, be sure to check out our most popular exhibit, Dinosaurs Come to Life! We’ve got a whole new crew of dinos this year, and we can’t wait for you to see them. So not only can you see and learn about fascinating birds of prey, you can also experience their extinct reptilian relatives with this prehistoric outdoor adventure!

Spend some time with Darwin, the great horned owl, at Birds of Prey Day on April 22, 2018 at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland!

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