Owls, Hawks, and Eagles, OH MY!

Join us for Birds of Prey Day on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm for a raptor rendezvous! Learn all about these extraordinary animals with special encounters, talks, and flights.

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!

Want to learn more about these experts? Check out Birds of Prey Day: Meet the Masters!

Come to Birds of Prey Day on April 22, 2018 to see Michael Kuriga and Patrick Miller of ZooAmerica, two impressive master falconers! | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

From left, master falconers Michael Kuriga and Patrick Miller

Talks and Flights

In addition to our regular live shows* that day, here is the schedule of talks and flights for this event. During the times listed below, Michael Kuriga will give a brief talk about birds of prey followed by a golden eagle flight with Patrick Miller.

  • 11:15—11:45 am
  • 12:45—1:15 pm
  • 2:15—2:45 pm
  • 3:45—4:15 pm

Outside of these times, both Michael and Patrick will be available to chat with and answer questions!

*Please note: We will not be offering any Croc or Dragon Talks on this day due to scheduling conflicts. Thank you for your understanding.

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!

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.

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

Speaking of Dinosaurs…

Our most popular exhibit, Dinosaurs Come to Life opens the same weekend as this event! 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! Each year we get a new crew of dinos, and if you attend Birds of Prey Day, you’ll be one of the first to see them!

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

The Year of the Bird

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, several organizations have teamed up and dubbed 2018 the Year of the Bird including the National Audubon Society, National Geographic, BirdLife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. What does that mean exactly? These organizations, as well as 150 others, will be celebrating birds all year long through magazines, television, social media, and more. They will also encourage people to get involved with simple monthly tasks to help birds.

We’re excited to celebrate the Year of the Bird alongside these organizations, and we hope you’ll join us by attending Birds of Prey Day!

Additional Resources:

Official Year of the Bird Website

Audubon Society – Year of the Bird

Year of the Bird – For Kids – (games, activities, and more!)

Don’t miss Birds of Prey Day!