Falcon Fest returns for fourth year

Father's Day event features Hawkquest demonstrations

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When asked about their introduction to the world of birds, Audubon Society of Greater Denver members often share stories about grandfathers showing a delicate bird nest out the back window, or a pair of old binoculars being handed off on a family camping trip.

That's why, in 2015, the society decided to create an event to help ensure the creation of birding memories that last a lifetime. With the success of its ever-popular bird-banding Mother's Day breakfast, which sells out year after year, a Father's Day event seemed like the perfect addition.

“Eagles, as well as other raptors, have often been used as symbols of power and agility not only in our country, but throughout the world,” Kate Hogan, community outreach coordinator of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver, said in a news releasee. “We wanted to host a unique event that could celebrate fathers and simultaneously create unforgettable family memories in a beautiful outdoor setting.”

The fourth annual Father's Day Falcon Fest is June 16, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the amphitheater behind the Audubon Nature Center buildings at the south end of Chatfield State Park. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a Hawkquest presentation that features live falcons and other birds of prey.

Fathers can participate in a prize drawing from Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton.

All ticket sales go to support the Audubon Nature Center. Fathers who are Audubon Society members are admitted free; non-member fathers are admitted for $5. Cost is $16 for adults and $8 for children younger than 12. Advance registration is suggested. Find more at www.denveraudubon.org/event/fathers-day-falcon-fest-2/

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