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LLPA Brings New Animal Encounters with HawkWatch International


Aquarium guests can meet raptors up close the second Saturday of every month

Have you ever met a raptor? Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is partnering with HawkWatch International to bring new animal encounters for their guests. On Saturday, October 8, HawkWatch will have raptors on display at the Aquarium from noon to 2 p.m. This furthers the Aquarium’s mission to inspire people to Explore, Discover, and Learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems.

HawkWatch tracks and studies migrating raptors. Raptors are birds of prey that have three unique, specialized adaptions including exceptional vision, sharp talons, and a hooked upper bill. Worldwide, there are about 450 species of raptors. In North America, there are 54 species.

Hawks, eagles, falcons, and other raptors are often the first species to be affected by environmental change; therefore, they are a good indicator of the health of ecosystems. HawkWatch International researches population trends of raptors and works to ensure they can survive in their natural habitats.

“We are thrilled to be working with our friends at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. The goal of introducing visitors to the importance and roles of the raptors found in our shared environment is one that both HawkWatch International and the Aquarium value. Visitors of all ages are in for a real treat — it certainly isn’t every day that you get to be up close and personal with an apex predator,” said Nikki Wayment, Education and Outreach Director for HawkWatch.

This event is free for Aquarium guests with admission or a membership. HawkWatch will be presenting the raptors near the entrance of Expedition: Asia. They will visit the Aquarium on the second Saturday of every month.


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