The Southeastern Raptor Center will release six rehabilitated birds of prey Friday, Oct. 21, at Chewacla State Park, following Football, Fans & Feathers education program at the SRC.
The release – five Great Horned Owls and one Red Tailed Hawk – is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the park, located off Shell Toomer Parkway in Auburn. The public is invited to attend the release; park admission prices may apply.
The release will take place following Football, Fans and Feathers, held at the SRC’s Edgar B. Carter Amphitheatre on Pratt-Carden Drive. The bird release is planned to give birding enthusiasts and fans time to drive from to Chewacla State Park.
When injured raptors are brought to SRC, they are evaluated and treated with the goal of returning them to a suitable habitat in the wild, said Dr. Seth Oster, an avian veterinarian and director of the rehabilitation division at the SRC.
The raptors being released were brought to the center as orphans, and Chewacla State Park provides an appropriate habitat for their release, he added.