Thursday, 26 May 2016

Raptor Refuge Display


Contact: Anthea Wallhead, Volunteer Secretary
The Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania Inc.
p:  6267 4774   e: anthea@icewall.com.au

Date: 24 May to 23 June 2016          RSVP: 23 June 2016
Location: Margate

Intended Audience: All Students and Teachers

Opening on May 24, the second annual Raptor Refuge display will be held at the Channel Heritage Centre at Margate. Those who have never visited the Raptor Refuge in Kettering will have an opportunity to learn more about the important work the Refuge does to protect Tasmania's raptors. In addition, Greg England will be showing some of his photographs of raptors and other birds.

The educational display will include sensitively preserved talons, tails, legs and wings so visitors can see them up close and learn more about Tasmania's raptors.

As well as education, the aim of the display is inform the public about the Refuge. Staff members at the Refuge have developed a range of special workshops, tours and educational presentations at their unique Education Centre and they hope to encourage more groups to experience the Refuge through their new online booking system.

Funds raised by donations, shop sales, workshops and tours are used to maintain and improve the rehabilitation facilities, which include the largest flight aviaries in Tasmania, a flight tunnel and smaller slatted aviaries. These are designed to house injured raptors from all over Tasmania, until they are strong enough to return to their natural habitat.

The Education Centre is full of interesting raptor-related items, viewing aviaries with one way glass and TV screens which show real-time vision from camera feeds in the aviaries. This venue caters for school groups and others to learn about raptors and the Refuge's mission to ensure their ongoing survival.

The display will be open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm daily from May 24 to June 23, 2016 at the Channel Heritage Centre, 1755 Channel Hwy Margate. Entry is free and donations are welcome.