Nathan Thoele, a Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) environmental educator, talked about raptors during a presentation April 24, 2018, at Milton Public Library.  Raptors are species of bird that hunt and feed on small animals like mice, rabbits, snakes, and even other birds. The term raptor is derived from the Latin word rapere, meaning to seize or take by force. Most birds of prey have strong curved talons for catching or killing prey.

Thoele brought with him three raptors: a red-tailed hawk, a peregrine falcon, and a barn owl.

Peregrine Falcons are the largest falcon over most of the continent, with long, pointed wings and a long tail.

The peregrine is the largest falcon over most of the North American continent, with long, pointed wings and a long tail.

The barn owl is the most widely distributed species of owl .

The barn owl is the most widely distributed species of owl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see the red-tailed hawk, view our Facebook live video.

Program attendees were invited to feel and compare the raptor wings, feathers, and talons Thoele had assembled in a mini display.

Program attendees were invited to feel and compare the raptor wings, feathers, and talons Thoele had assembled in a mini display.

After the presentation, Thoele answered questions.

After the presentation, Thoele answered questions.

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, research, and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus features state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, exhibit spaces, classrooms, and interpretive nature trails.