Winged wonders wow watchers at 'Birds of Prey' event

HawkQuest presents raptors to crowd at Centennial Center Park

Posted 8/6/18

Ever seen a falcon up close? How about a falcon taking flight just feet away? The crowd saw that and more at the Birds of Prey event at Centennial Center Park Aug. 2, where young children in the …

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Winged wonders wow watchers at 'Birds of Prey' event

HawkQuest presents raptors to crowd at Centennial Center Park

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Ever seen a falcon up close? How about a falcon taking flight just feet away?

The crowd saw that and more at the Birds of Prey event at Centennial Center Park Aug. 2, where young children in the audience got to get up close with an owl, an eagle and other birds.

But the event, which drew people of all ages, also focused on education, discussing kids' questions about birds and topics like the bald eagle's origin as a national symbol. A presenter also talked about the importance of cleaning up trash and saving water and electricity to help the environment for birds. HawkQuest, a Parker-based nonprofit that educates audiences about birds and the ecosystem, put on the event.

Edna Sloan, a volunteer of 20 years with HawkQuest, hopes kids will take care of the environment with the knowledge they absorb at presentations like this.

“I love it if we get kids who are excited about birds of prey because that means they'll remember” the information, Sloan said.

The presentation at 13050 E. Peakview Ave. was part of the Centennial Active Seniors program, a slew of events aimed at giving seniors educational and entertaining things to do.

“We're starting to get some traction,” said Chris O'Mara, vice chairperson of the Centennial Senior Commission, which oversees the program. The Active Seniors program, a new initiative for the city, kicked off in June, O'Mara said.

Sandi Carruthers, a 54-year-old Centennial resident, brought Brodey Carruthers, a 5-year-old from Aurora, to the event. Brodey said his favorite bird is the golden eagle.

“He really loves birds and wildlife and learning about these things,” Carruthers said.

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