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 $7, you get one pass to the Wildlife Renaissance Festival on Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center in East Aurora (up to $14 value). Children aged 4 and younger are admitted for free. This Groupon may be used for an adult ($11–14) or child's ($8) ticket.
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center's walls ensconce more than 80 nonreleasable animals from around the globe, as well as offering first-rate environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation that's nabbed on-screen appearances with Rachael Ray and on National Geographic's Blue Planet Heroes. Guests alighting at Hawk Creek's Wildlife Renaissance Festival can imitate the steely gazes of rare raptors and falcons and watch them dive, swoop, and hunt during beak-dropping live falcon shows that dazzle the eyes and ruffle the feathers. This family-friendly fundraiser delights all ages with exciting exhibits such as the dragon exhibit, medieval reenactments, period-themed entertainment, an art auction, and a Walk with the Eagles exhibit, where guests can observe the majestic bald eagle in its natural habitat listening to Hotel California. Sup from a stately feast while enjoying live music and the warm fuzzies induced from supporting the nonprofit organization in its mission of natural conservation.