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Woodlands Nature Station Celebrates Birds of Prey on Labor Day Weekend

Woodlands Nature Station Celebrates Birds of Prey on Labor Day Weekend

The barred owl is one of the birds of prey at the Woodlands Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes.

Woodlands Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes will host Raptor-iffic Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday, September 1-3, 2018.

Visitors will mingle with Smokey Bear, look an eagle in the eye, get up close encounters with hawks and owls, search for nesting osprey and investigate owl pellets in the Nature Station’s backyard at Land Between the Lakes. Family programming and kid’s activities are included with standard admission unless otherwise noted.

“Join us to help celebrate these majestic and fascinating birds at Land Between the Lakes. Bring the whole family to have fun and learn about native raptors, including the bald eagle, great-horned owl, turkey vulture and the tiny adorable screech owl” says Tim Johnson, Friends of Land Between the Lakes naturalist. “We’re also offering two canoe trips that weekend for people to view wild raptors like osprey and potentially eagles from the water. We usually see a lot of native birds, mammals and reptiles along the shoreline and on the water during these outings.”

Nestled in the woods between Honker and Hematite Lakes, the Nature Station serves as a gateway to the 6800-acre Nature Watch Area. The knowledgeable Friends of Land Between the Lakes staff also serve as “go to” specialists for wildlife viewing.

Nature Station’s admission is $5.00 Ages 13-Up, $3.00 Age 5-12, and free Ages 4 and Under. Call 270-924-2020 to pre-register for guided canoe trips Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. Daily canoe & kayak rentals will continue throughout the weekend, 10am-4:30pm, weather permitting. For more details call 270-924-2299. Nature Station staffing and programming is provided by the Friends of Land Between the Lakes.

Saturday, September 1st
11am-3pm Raptor Kid’s Craft
11am A Talon-ted World
1pm Mighty Tree Puppet Show
2pm Owl Pellet Investigations
3pm Eagle Encounter
4:30pm Parade of Raptors
5:30-8pm Sunset Canoe Trip

Sunday, September 2nd
11am-3pm Raptor Kid’s Craft
10:30am Back from the Brink-Bald Eagle
1pm Amazing Avian Trivia
3pm Raptor Olympics
4:30pm Parade of Raptors
5:30-8pm Sunset Canoe Trip

Monday, September 3rd
11am Tiny Terrors of the Bird World
12:30pm A Talon-ted World
2pm Osprey Observations
4:30pm Parade of Raptors

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Honker Bay
Photo by John Mahler

Honker Bay, located near The Nature Station, is a great place to hike or simply stop to observe a beautiful sunset.