Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogourt or the clutch hitter. Spend a few hours frolicking through the fresh air of truth with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $14 for two passes to a raptor demonstration (a $28 value)
- $20 for a family pass good for two adults and two children to a raptor demonstration (a $40 value)
Each pass is valid for admission at Pacific Northwest Raptors’ main grounds in Duncan, or for demonstrations at the Church and State winery in Saanich. Church and State holds demonstrations at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. beginning May 19.
In the verdant Cowichan Valley, Pacific Northwest Raptors cares for a diverse flock of birds of prey—owls twist their heart-shaped heads curiously, and hawks look on with eyes like copper coins. The staff provides them a safe habitat while educating the public about their habits, hunting methods, and favourite brands of feather cosmetics. Eagles and falcons ride warm zephyrs overhead daily, searching for prey high over the canopy when they aren’t perched back at the centre.
Avian experts demo the birds’ skills during encounters, which include the opportunity for patrons to have a hawk or owl perch on a gloved hand. Intensive workshops and week-long falconry courses let guests settle in with the animals beneath the towering trees, which hush each other liltingly in the wind. Regular family events at the centre facilitate bonding with the regal raptors, many of which help in film work and wildlife management.