The National Elk Refuge is partnering with the Teton Raptor Center to present a series of live bird visits this summer at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson. The summer raptor programs, billed as Talon Tuesdays, will be offered each Tuesday from 2:00-3:00 pm and will run weekly from July 4 through August 29. The event is free of charge to the public.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s partnership with the Teton Raptor Center is expanding as a result of two successful winter seasons of bringing resident birds to the visitor center. This past winter, 2,560 people enjoyed the weekly opportunity to learn more about birds of prey within an arm’s length of live avian ambassadors from the non-profit organization. The popularity of the winter programs prompted the two organizations to continue the visitor center programs throughout the summer months, shifting the informal presentations to Tuesday afternoons.
Though the Teton Raptor Center has its own guest facility at the historic Hardeman Ranch in Wilson, Wyoming, bringing the birds to the National Elk Refuge increases exposure for the local non-profit organization that takes in injured, ill, and orphaned birds of prey and provides veterinary care and rehabilitation in an effort to return the raptors to the wild. “The Refuge has outstanding year-round birding opportunities, so it’s a fitting partnership and wonderful opportunity for us,” explained Amy Brennan McCarthy, Executive Director for the Teton Raptor Center. “It allows both our organizations to expand our educational programming.”
At least two of the Teton Raptor Center’s resident birds will enhance the informal presentations each week. The resident raptors available to greet visitors on Talon Tuesdays this summer can be viewed here.