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Live Northwest Raptors Come To Discovery Center On Saturday

Hawk Haven Rehabilitation and Education Center presents program on July 13.

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will host "Live Raptors of the Pacific Northwest" on Saturday, July 13, beginning at 11 a.m.

This program, presented by Hawk Haven Rehabilitation and Education Center in Estacada, Ore., educates the public on the important role birds of prey play in maintaining a healthy environment and introduces several species of raptors that reside here in the Columbia River Gorge.

"This program invites the entire family to learn the importance of how our human behavior can affect another species. Most importantly, everyone will have a chance to see live raptors up close -- much closer than we could see them in the wild," said Patty Garland, curator of exhibits and education at the center.

In addition to the live raptor program, the day will include woodcarving and leather crafting demonstrations featuring spectacular bird images and a craft activity which will allow children a chance to take home something special. These activities will take place between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

"This is the second family program in our series and promises to be a day full of interactive activities complementing our temporary exhibit Animals As Architects," said Garland. "You won't want to miss it!"

For more information on this program and the center's summer lineup, call (541) 296-8600.

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