Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Haven Halloween Event features live raptors, snakes other “Spooky” Critters

 Don't be afraid! 

 "Mysteries of Halloween" on Oct. 29 at the Yale Peabody Museum will feature live raptors, snakes, spiders and other "spooky" critters often associated with Halloween.
Some of the strangest-looking skeletons in the Museum's collections rooms, rarely seen by the public, will be on view as educators share stories about some of the nature-based traditions associated with Halloween.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
"Roxy's Fantastic Fish Adventure," about endangered fish in Long Island Sound, will be presented by puppeteer Betty Baisden at 12:00 p.m. There will also be games and crafts, including the chance for young visitors to create and frame their own mock X-ray image of a fish skeleton.

Five live raptors will be on hand in the afternoon for demonstrations by Wingmasters at 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. Raptors are birds of prey with hooked beaks and powerful grabbing feet armed with sharp talons. Examples are eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Raptors boast the best eyesight and sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom. Topics addressed will be raptor predation, hunting adaptations and the raptors' position at the top of the food web. Visitors will learn why raptors face an uncertain future. Early arrival is suggested as space is limited at this popular event.

The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of this public program.

Photo Credit: YPM
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

Mysteries of Halloween, 10am – 3pm
Roxi Fox Puppet show, at 12 noon
Live raptor demonstrations, at 12:30 & 1:45pm
Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven
Cost:  Museum admission of $5-9, under age 3 free (adults $9, seniors $8, ages 3-18 $5)

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