SOAR 2018 - Weekend 3: March 17/18

/SOAR 2018 – Weekend 3: March 17/18
SOAR 2018 – Weekend 3: March 17/18

WEEKEND 3: MARCH 17/18

PASSES AND PROGRAM SEATING

Seating is limited for classroom programs. Passes (no extra charge) are required to reserve seats for select programs and are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes prior to program start.

FEATURE PROGRAM: WINGS TO SOAR
Saturday & Sunday at 12pm and 2:30pm
at St. Felix Auditorium

 

Wings to Soar will bring the thrills for festival goers young and old by combining music, video, and oh yes, live birds of prey flying over the audience!

Join husband and wife duo John and Dale Stokes as they introduce you to some of their beautiful (and funny) feathered friends in this fast-paced and interactive flying bird show. You’ll meet an owl, vulture, kestrel, red-tailed hawk and more! As always, don’t forget your camera!

LIVE EAGLE PROGRAM
Saturday & Sunday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm
(Passes Available 30 Minutes Prior – First Come, First Served)

Have you ever wondered, “How much does an eagle weigh?” or “How big is their wingspan?” Have all your eagle questions answered in these hands-on and entertaining live eagle programs. Our naturalists will share the biology, ecology, and natural history of bald and golden eagles. All of our presenters are knowledgeable, engaging and eager to share their passion for eagles with visitors of all ages.

A live eagle program typically last about 45 minutes and each program features an eagle feeding. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Cameras are encouraged!

EAGLE ANSWERS GIVEN LIVE EVERYDAY
Saturday & Sunday ALL DAY
In National Eagle Center

Drop-in and visit the live eagle ambassadors where they live! Our naturalist educators will be on hand to answer your questions, feed the eagles, and provide you with an unforgettable up-close experience with our resident bald and golden eagles. Bring your eagle enthusiasm, eagle questions, and your camera!

NATURE NOTE PROGRAM
Saturday & Sunday at NOON
(Passes Available 30 Minutes Prior – First Come, First Served)

Join our naturalist educators as they share their knowledge of this area’s natural habitat. Learn about bird and animals that live in the Driftless Area. Ask your questions about eagles, animals, and natural features. Learn about the US Fish & Wildlife Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge and gain a deeper understanding of nature in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

MASTERS OF THE SKY PROGRAM
Saturday & Sunday at 2pm
(Passes Available 30 Minutes Prior – First Come, First Served)

The world of raptors is enormous and exciting! We see many different species of raptor throughout the year in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Interested in learning more about them? Then you need to check out Masters of the Sky. Based on the exhibit on the National Eagle’s 2nd floor, this program explores the world of hawks, falcons, and owls. Our naturalist educators will explore the reasons why raptors are an important part of the ecosystem, what makes different types of raptors unique, provide tips on identifying different species, and answer all your raptor questions. Plus, meet the National Eagle Center’s resident red-tail hawk – Hollywood!

NATIVE DESIGNS w/Dick Mindykowski
Saturday & Sunday – ALL DAY
In rotunda

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Chippewa craftsman Dick Mindykowski creates woodland gifts created from wood and animal products harvested from the outdoors. Walking sticks, canes, turtle rattles, beaver shields, dream catchers, leather pouches. All hand tanned and carved. A great activity for kids, he offers kids a chance to make their own necklace, dream catcher or keychain from beads, antler, hides and more.

QUARRY HILL NATURE CENTER –
Saturday Only – 11am-4pm
2nd Floor

The raptor world consists of more than just eagles and hawks. Stop by the Quarry Hill booth and meet one of the Midwest’s native falcons – the kestrel! These small raptors are beautiful, adept hunters, and, unfortunately, face threats from habitat loss. Chat with the naturalists from Quarry Hill Nature Center to learn more about kestrels and other native birds and animals!

OXBOW PARK & ZOLLMAN ZOO
Saturday Only – 11am-3pm
2nd Floor

The raptor world consists of more than just eagles and hawks. Stop by the Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo booth and meet one of the smallest falcons – the merlin! Meet a live merlin up close and gain a deeper appreciation for the variety of species found among raptors. Chat with the naturalists from Oxbow Park to learn more about merlins and other native birds and animals!

INTERNATIONAL OWL CENTER
Sunday Only – ALL DAY
2nd Floor

The raptor world includes eagles, hawks, falcons, kites and OWLS! Stop by the International Owl Center booth and learn about these highly adapted and unique raptors. Touch a reach owl wing, examine an owl foot, and have all your owl questions answered by the experts! Get helpful tips on how to identify owls in your area by their calls and learn how you can help our native owls in your daily life.

PIPESTONE NATIONAL MONUMENT
NATIVE AMERICAN PIPE CARVING DEMONSTRATION
Sunday Only – ALL DAY
2nd Floor

For hundreds of years, Pipestone National Monument in southwestern Minnesota has been a destination for Native American tribes. They would come to quarry the unique red stone found there and carve it to create ceremonial pipes and other sacred artifacts used for prayer. Today, the site is protected and preserved for current and future generations to visit and appreciate.

Travis Erickson is a fourth generation pipestone carver of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Nation. For 39 years he has used stone quarried from Pipestone National Monument in southwestern, MN to carve ceremonial pipes. Join him as he demonstrates this centuries-old art and learn about the significance of the red stone, pipes, and Native American culture.

KID’S CRAFTS
Saturday & Sunday – ALL DAY

Are the kids inspired by the eagles and cool animals they meet at SOAR? Let their imaginations run wild as they enjoy some nature-themed arts and crafts!

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!