Hawk Creek Wildlife Center Announces 2022 Event Season, New Construction to Keep Birds Safe

WEST FALLS, NY (WIVB) – Hawk Creek Wildlife Center has announced its season of events for the year, promising to have visitors on the edge of their seats.

Season Pass holders will be able to attend one of the following events this year and each event includes free parking, refreshments and goodies for the kids:

  • May 7 & 14: Wild Earth Days – flying bird show, close wildlife encounters, meet Eagle Ambassadors
  • June 18: Animal Play Day – animal interactions, behind-the-scenes training and enrichment, hawk walk, flight demonstration, 100+ animals (cats, eagles, hawks, owls, hawks, vultures), meet Eagle Ambassadors
  • August 6: Enchanted Wild Fest – animal movie stars, meet the sand cats, medieval games, flying bird show, 100 rare and wild animals, princess and hero characters, movie themed fundraiser
  • October 1 and 8: Spooky Safari – candy trail through nature, pumpkin painting, hawk walk, fancy dress encouraged, rain or shine

Other events include:

  • May 27-29: Sale of plants
  • June 18: photo day
  • June 25: Wild Brews (adults-only fundraiser)
  • November 26 and December 3: Sale of crowns

Individual season passes cost $40 each, while family passes (good for two adults and three children) are priced at $80 each. Tickets for individual events are also available. To learn more about Hawk Creek and its season of events, or to purchase passes or tickets, Click here.

Additionally, the wildlife center has announced that it will not be accepting birds for rehabilitation at this time, due to the recent spike in avian influenza (AIHP), and has asked anyone who finds an injured bird contact the USDA Avian Influenza Hotline at 1 (866) 536-7593, Messinger Woods (for raptors) at (716) 345-4239 or the SPCA (for waterfowl) at (716) ) 875-7360 ext. 247 for care.

“It was not an easy decision, but the health and safety of our permanent resident birds must be our number one priority in the face of this threat,” the center said. “We are honored to do rehabilitation work for the community and will reevaluate when the USDA and veterinary boards determine it is safe to do so. Thank you for understanding.”

Because bird flu was detected just 65 miles from Hawk Creek and is 90-100% deadly to raptors, the center has worked to modify its exhibits to keep the birds safe and said that he appreciated any donation to help fund the construction.

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