The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) will provide a first-hand encounter with three live birds during “Raptor Encounters” from 10 – 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Milton Public Library.

“Live falcons, hawks and owls provide the lens through which we examine food webs, predator-prey relationships, and the interdependence of the systems that support life,” according to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. “This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics that make a bird a raptor and their adaptations for life as a predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials round out this special experience.”

The program is open to all ages, but space is limited. Call the library at 802-893-4644, to reserve your spot.

VINS is 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.