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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Annual festival sure to delight nature lovers

Look to the skies



NEW HAVEN — Hawk-watchers spend plenty of rapturous fall days out at Lighthouse Point Park as eagles, peregrine falcons and more soar overhead, but this weekend, even casual nature lovers will find plenty to do.
The annual Lighthouse Point Park Migration Festival — A Celebration of Birds, Butterflies and Dragonflies runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Activities include live hawk and owl shows, wild bird banding, a Long Island Sound creature touch tank, carousel rides, tours of the lighthouse, music by Blue Trail Band, butterfly tagging and bird walks. Chris Loscalzo will lead a bird walk at 8 a.m., and Flo McBride will lead a children’s walk at 9:30 a.m. Wind Over Wings will do a live raptor show at 11:15 a.m. and, at 1:30 p.m., there’s a falconry demonstration from Skyhunters in Flight.
The Migration Festival is sponsored by city Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees; New Haven Bird Club; Connecticut Butterfly Association; Audubon Connecticut; and Northeast HawkWatch, to name a few.
Suggested donation is $5 per carload, and proceeds go toward next year’s event. Lighthouse Point Park is located at 2 Lighthouse Point Road. For a complete list of events, go to http://www.ctbirding.org/2010docs/2010MigrationFestSchedule.pdf.

Contributed photo: Brian Bradley of Skyhunters showed a free-flying barn owl at a previous Lighthouse Point Park Migration Festival in New Haven.

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