The call of the wild is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature's phone with today's Groupon to Save Our American Raptors in Trenton. Choose between two options:
- For $35, you get an interactive raptor experience for two (a $70 value).
- For $70, you get an interactive raptor experience for four (a $140 value).
A nonprofit organization, S.O.A.R. invites guests to mingle with a magnificent assemblage of eight different raptor species in individual, hands-on sessions. Guests of all ages can slide on protective gloves and free-fly hawks, owls, a falcon, and a vulture and catch them on their glove under the watchful eye of professional falconers. A bald eagle will also be handled by the professional falconers. During the three-hour sessions, guests hone their hawking skills and lead screech owls in renditions of Yoko Ono numbers. The hospitable hawkers refresh participants with beverages and freshly baked cookies, which visitors may trade with feathery friends for freshly caught field mice.
In addition to individual experiences, S.O.A.R brings bird presentations to schools, state parks, and other organizations in the hopes of promoting education and appreciation for awesome aerial predators. The center has launched a peregrine-falcon restoration project in northern Georgia, tracking a peregrine falcon with an advanced satellite telemetry device to contribute to global knowledge of falcon dispositions, such as favorite boy bands and types of curry.
Wings to Soar
Even while informational videos play, most eyes go immediately to one element of Wings to Soar's touring program—the birds of prey flying overhead. The sessions are the brainchild of John Stokes and Dale Kernahan, who use the nonprofit to tirelessly raise awareness about these birds' vital role in the natural world. John and Dale's other raptor-centric programs include opportunities to learn handling techniques with nine different birds, including hawks and owls. In addition to letting attendees interact with the birds, Wings to Soar's team remains dedicated to caring for endangered populations, even helping to save the peregrine falcon from its former place on the brink extinction.
701 Veterans Rd.
Trenton, Georgia 30752