Hardy Lake to host annual Raptor Days Festival, Sept. 28-30

Watch and support live birds of prey at Hardy Lake’s annual Raptor Days, Sept. 28-30.

The weekend highlights Indiana’s native birds of prey and activities at the event help to support the Dwight R Chamberlain Raptor Center.

On Friday, Sept. 28, a “Schools Day” event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day will include live raptor programs, hikes, crafts, and activities. Students must pre-register for the day. The price per student is $2. Pre-register your students by emailing Lgrow@dnr.IN.gov.

On Saturday morning, Sept. 29, the Friends of Hardy Lake will be serving an all-you-can-eat fundraising breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Live raptor programs, bird displays, pontoon tours will run from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Tours of the Dwight R Chamberlain Raptor run from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors can enter the park for free during breakfast hours from 7 to 10 a.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 30, live raptor programs begin at 10 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Pontoon tours run throughout the day and tours of the raptor center take place from 1 to 4 p.m. A special guest speaker from the Division of Fish and Wildlife will be discussing the bald eagle and osprey re-introduction programs. Winners of the silent auction will be announced at 5 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the non-profit Friends of Hardy Lake. For more information about this group, visit www.friendsofhardylake.org.

Hardy Lake State Recreation Area (stateparks.IN.gov/2958.htm) is at 4171 E. Harrod Road, Scottsburg, 47170.



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