AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Affiliated with Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the Southeastern Raptor Center returns just before Auburn’s first home football game with the educational and entertaining program, “Football, Fans and Feathers.”

With the beginning of a new season, it is not unusual to see many spirited Auburn fans already in Auburn or en route to tailgate or participate in pre-game festivities. Those arriving in Auburn early can add “Football, Fans and Feathers” to their list of things to do before attending the game the following day.

Attendees of “Football, Fans and Feathers” can expect to see a raptor show and flight demonstration featuring Auburn’s birds where they will learn interactively about the conservation and rehabilitation of injured birds of prey and see them in flight.

Delivered by raptor specialist Andrew Hopkins who is assisted by staff and volunteers, in past years, attendees have witnessed hawks, falcons, eagles and other birds of prey being free-flown from towers and around the raptor amphitheatre.

The College of Veterinary Medicine treats a variety of birds. Earlier this year, Nova, War Eagle VII, the iconic eagle who is best known circling Jordan-Hare in beloved Auburn tradition, was diagnosed and is being treated through the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Auburn community will have the opportunity to see seven shows that will coincide with home football games. Fans can mark their calendars for upcoming shows on Sept. 15 and 29, Oct. 6 and Nov. 10, 17 and 24.

The hour long program will serve refreshments and begins at 4 p.m. at the raptor center’s Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheatre located at 1350 Pratt-Carden Drive.

Tickets are $5 per person and children under the age of 3 are admitted free.

All birds used in these programs are permanent residents that are non-releasable due to injury or outside reasons.



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