By Starrla Cray
HOWARD LAKE, MN Anyone who has wondered what a raptor is like up close will get the opportunity to find out, during a University of Minnesota Raptor Center presentation at The Country Store in Howard Lake Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 to 11 a.m.
The program will include information on the natural history of the carnivorous birds and their contribution to the environment.
The Country Store estimated that at least 130 people attended last year’s presentation.
According to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center web site, all raptors share at least three main characteristics, including keen eyesight, eight sharp talons, and a hooked beak.
There are approximately 482 species of raptors worldwide, 304 diurnal (day-active) species and 178 nocturnal (night-active) species.
Raptors are commonly known as “birds of prey.”
After the raptor presentation, The Country Store will have a Minnesota cultivated wild rice recipe tasting. From 11 a.m. to noon, the public is invited to taste test a variety of recipes. In order to participate, adults need a $2 raffle ticket (available at the event.) Children can taste test at no charge.
The U of M Raptor Center specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, conservation, and study of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. The facility treats more than 800 birds each year, and provides training in raptor medicine and surgery for veterinarians.
To learn more about raptors, go to www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu or call the raptor center at (612) 624-4745.