|Owl pellet dissection and other fun at the Ziibiwing Center|
The highlight of the day for many people was the live raptor presentation by Wings of Wonder founder Rebecca Lessard. Rebecca brought three of the Wings of Wonder raptor family to the Ziibiwing Center. First up was Ned the Northern Saw-whet Owl. Ned is small, but he has a big personality that awes the crowd.
|Rebecca Lessard and the small but mighty Ned|
The second raptor that made an appearance was Rita Mae the Peregrine Falcon. As Rebecca explained to the crowd, Rita Mae is very motivated by food and has to be rewarded for her appearance. Her reward? Fresh quail meat. At one point, Rita Mae grabbed the entire container of quail meat out of Rebecca's hand and wouldn't give it back. This reminded me of the tug-of-war over a glove that we witnessed during our recent visit to the Wings of Wonder sanctuary.
|Rebecca Lessard and Rita Mae walk through an enthusiastic crowd|
The final raptor to make an appearance was Doolin the Turkey Vulture. This was Doolin's second visit to the Ziibiwing Center. He also appeared during the 2014 Bird Day Celebration. Doolin has a great personality that allows him to show viewers that, despite their reputation, Turkey Vultures are indeed awesome birds.
|Rebecca Lessard and Doolin|
The Bird Day Celebration at the Ziibiwing Center was listed an official event for both World Migratory Bird Day and International Migratory Bird Day. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and to everyone who attended!