The ancient art of falconry came to prominence once European hunters realized gluing wings to bloodhounds only increased their aptitude for tracking loose baby teeth. Make a feathered friend with today's Groupon: for $13, you get a family pass for two adults and three children ages 5–12 to Bird of Prey Day on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center in East Aurora (a $26 value). Children ages 4 and under are admitted for free.
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center's walls ensconce more than 80 nonreleasable animals from around the globe, as well as first-rate environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation that's nabbed it on-screen appearances with Rachael Ray and on National Geographic's Blue Planet Heroes. Guests alighting at Hawk Creek's annual Bird of Prey Day can imitate the steely gaze of such rare raptors as the golden eagle and spectacled owl, which puff their plumage proudly alongside a camera-ready contingent of owls, hawks, falcons, and vultures.
Kids' flight missions busy the wings of pint-sized bird lovers, and live bald eagles mingle up close and barrier-free with carousing locals. Admire the event while sipping refreshments, or tap talons through the door of Hawk Creek's on-site gift shop.
655 Luther Rd.
East Aurora, New York 14052Get Directions