Esther Ostrower holds two-year-old Radar, a great horned owl, during a visit to Minter Country Garden on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Esther Ostrower holds two-year-old Radar, a great horned owl, during a visit to Minter Country Garden on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Birds from Raptors Ridge pay a visit to Chilliwack

Up-close viewings, nature walks, and youth owl classes all part of visits this month to Chilliwack

Three feathered friends from Raptors Ridge Birds of Prey were in Chilliwack Saturday.

The two owls (Radar, a great horned owl, and Chico a barred owl) and one falcon (Morticia the North American kestrel) were brought to Minter Country Garden store so people could learn more about them, see them up close, and more.

Children could take part in the Youth Owl Class while adults were invited to sign up for a special close-up photo session with the birds.

If you missed Saturday’s event, the birds will be back tomorrow (Sunday, Dec. 9) as well as Dec. 22 and 23.

At 1 p.m. each day, guests can go on a guided a ‘Nature Walk’ (no registration is required, meet at the entertainment area by the flocked trees and dress for the weather). There is no charge to view the owls/raptors or to attend the nature walk.

For younger owl enthusiasts (aged 8-15), be sure to register for the Youth Owl Class at 11 a.m. each day. This one-hour session will focus on the secret lives of owls and why they are truly amazing in flight, hearing and eyesight. Each student will receive their own owl pellet for dissection and have a chance to meet Radar, the great horned owl. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 10 students per class (Dec. 8, 9, 22 & 23). Call 604-792-6612 to sign up (there is no charge).


 

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