Birds of Prey Show Returns to Barnstable County Fair

birdsFALMOUTH – A Barnstable County Fair fan favorite has returned to this year’s event.

The Birds of Prey show, produced for over 20 years by The Raptor Project, is an educational and entertaining exhibit that features rescued hawks, eagles, owls and other birds of prey.

The project is operated by Jonathan and Susan Wood from their 14 acre, private facility in New York’s Catskill mountains.

“You don’t get a chance to see them close-up and here they can be at arms-length, so you can see them, you can see how beautiful they are, their features,” said Susan Wood.

Many of the birds in the exhibit have permanent handicaps or injuries that prevent them from living in the wild.

Those birds were donated to the project by crowded wildlife centers around the country because they were unable to be re-introduced to the wild.

Some faced euthanization, but now have been tamed and trained to educate the public as ambassadors of their species and the environments they inhabit.

All of the birds are housed in the organization’s private facility and are exercised and care for in spacious art aviaries.

The Wood’s present nearly 1000 educational program to over 10 million people annually.

“We do educational programs here so we give people an opportunity to learn about Raptors,” said Susan Wood.

To learn more about The Raptor Project, go to raptorproject.com.

For more information about the Birds of Prey show and more attractions at the Barnstable County Fair, go to capecodfairgrounds.com.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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