Raptor Center to Release Rehabilitated Birds in Hastings

Updated: 08/27/2013 11:40 AM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

The public is invited to watch rehabilitated birds from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota as they are released into the wild.

The Raptor Center, the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center and the 3M Foundation are hosting the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 as part of this year's Fall Raptor Release event.

"The Raptor Center staff involved in the bird recovery worked hard to make a release back to these birds' natural habitat a reality," said Julia Ponder, executive director of The Raptor Center, in a statement. "Their releases provide not just a great educational opportunity, but also an awe-inspiring sight."

The release will take place at the Carpenter-St. Croix Valley Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S. in Hastings. Activities for the day will include orchard rides, children's activities and a chance to meet The Raptor Center's winged ambassador education birds, according to the center.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for the event.

Birds of prey will be released after being rehabilitated by The Raptor Center veterinarians during releases held at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Attendees are invited to bring their used ink jet printer cartridges to benefit The Raptor Center's Recycling for Raptors program. The event plans to have zero waste, according to organizers.

Visitors cannot bring pets to the event.