Encounter Rock City Raptors

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey Show performs every Thursday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and an additional 4:30 p.m. show on Saturdays through Labor Day at Rock City Gardens.

"All the birds you see in the Rock City Raptors presentation are fully grown but non-releasable," Host John Stokes said of Save Our American Raptors (S.O.A.R.). "They cannot be returned to the wild either due to permanent injuries or the fact that some of these birds don't realize they are birds - they think they are humans. These birds are called human imprints."

Visitors can see a Red Tailed Hawk and a Black Vulture soar overhead and come beak-to-beak with the mighty Bald Eagle. They can also catch a rare glimpse of nocturnal hunters, the Barred Owl and Screech Owl.

The Rock City Raptors Show offers not only an extraordinary opportunity to admire some of the world’s most powerful birds up close, but also a chance to enjoy a unique learning experience high atop Lookout Mountain at beautiful Rock City Gardens.

Many raptors can be seen in the Chattanooga, Tenn. and northwest Georgia areas, including bald and golden eagles, hawks, peregrine falcons, American kestrels, owls and vultures. Although many of the larger birds were on endangered species lists in the past, environmental practices have helped increase numbers.

In 2005, Rock City partnered with S.O.A.R.’s Dale Kernahan Stokes and John Stokes to create the Rock City Raptors shows at Rock City as an extension of the natural beauty that can be seen at the attraction.

S.O.A.R. is a non-profit corporation originally formed in Florida in 1985. Kernahan and Stokes took it over from its founder Doris Mager while working for The American Eagle Foundation, which stages regular shows at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Just six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Tenn., Rock City Gardens is an enchanting, 4,100-foot walking trail showcasing lush gardens, awe-inspiring caves and soaring rock formations.

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Event Info

Name of event: Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey Show

Location: Critter Classroom at Rock City Gardens

Dates: Thursday, August 27th – Labor Day, every Thursday thru Sunday

Time: 11 am - 4 pm

Website: www.seerockcity.com/birds

Phone: 706-820-2531

Contact: Meagan Jolley, 706-820-2531 x213

Details: Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey Shows will be offered during the summer every Thursday through Sunday, with show times at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and an extra 4:30pm show on Saturdays. Back for its 5th year, come and see hawks soaring in the sky above Rock City. Get a glimpse at a nocturnal hunter, the owl. Meet a vivacious vulture! Enjoy this rare opportunity to witness these powerful and majestic birds up close. A unique learning experience high atop Lookout Mountain at Rock City! The Rock City Birds of Prey show is presented by Save our American Raptors (S.O.A.R.) www.seerockcity.com


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