A bird’s-eye view of Australia’s remarkable raptors

Bowie – one of the resident raptors at rehabilitation centre Just Raptors.
Did you know that the wing-span of a Wedge-tailed Eagle can be almost two-and-a-half metres from tip to tip?

This fact, and lots more about Australia’s magnificent birds of prey, is there for the learning at a ‘Birds of Prey’ workshop being organised by NACC on Friday 13 April at the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute in Geraldton.

Participants will not only get to know a lot about our raptors, but will also get to see a real-life, raptor up-close.

Janelle from Just Raptors will kick-off the event with a remarkable raptor in the room, allowing all participants to ‘eyeball to eyeball’ with one of these magnificent birds, before hearing more about the rewarding work that Janelle does at her rehabilitation centre for injured birds.

Janelle will be followed by environmental biologist and filmmaker Simon Cherriman, who will give a ‘bird’s-eye view’ on Australian birds of prey. Simon’s presentation will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Why raptors are important in the ecosystem.
  • How to conserve raptors.
  • How to identify different species of raptors.
  • Tips on where to find raptors in the wild.
  • Information on the latest satellite tracking on Wedge-tailed Eagles.

NACC Bushcare Officer Vanessa Brown who is organising the event said she is really looking forward to the evening.

“This is a unique opportunity to learn from a knowledgeable and passionate scientist – Simon Cherriman – and maybe (if you’re brave enough) to hold a raptor.”

If you would like to learn more about these incredible birds of prey and see one up close, please RSVP to Vanessa Brown on 0427 989 112 or Vanessa.Brown@nacc.com.au.

The “Birds of Prey” workshop starts at 5:30pm, with free nibbles and refreshments available.

For more information please visit https://www.nacc.com.au/event/birds-of-prey/

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