La Riviere Raptor Festival
Saturday April 22, 2017
Land-bound humans with feet firmly planted on the ground will never experience the freedom of flight as birds know it.  But for one day, people can let their imaginations fly free.   Blair Morrison Hall in La Riviere, MB is the place to be on April 22nd, 2017, beginning at 10am and running till 4pm. to take in La Riviere‚Äôs 5th Raptor Festival.
See live birds of prey, see them eye-to-eye, score some fantastic close-up photos and gain insight into the challenges these birds face in the wild.  Wildlife Haven will be bringing Max, their Great Horned owl, Luna, their Barn Owl, Kricket, their American Kestrel and Avro, their Swainson's Hawk, all ambassadors for education.  Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre will be there too with their ambassadors Grey, a Great Grey Owl, and Aiden, a Perigrine Falcon,
The event would not be complete without Koko, the smallest of owls and ambassador for Burrowing Owl Recovery Project. Habitat conservation and environmental concerns are critical to the survival of birds of prey, so the festival will also feature exhibits by local Pembina Valley Conservation District and provincial conservation organizations including Bird Studies Canada, Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative (MCSI) and Important Bird Area.  Dr. Christian Arturo will have informative presentations on topics to be determined. Watch for future announcements. Dr. Arturo did his doctorate on screech owls and is also a great photographer who has traveled to various parts of the world, photographing birds.  He knows his stuff and is willing and eager  to share!
Kids will be entertained with crafts geared to learning about birds, thanks to A Rocha Pembina Valley and their capable volunteers.  This is complemented with guided walking tours and bird watching with experienced birders led by Paul Goossen. 
The photography contest is back by popular demand with judge Wayne Benedet, and assistant Gloria Wiklund.  An art raffle is being hosted to raise funds to keep this event free to the public, and the canteen will be available to quiet a growly tummy, or indulge in a slice of homemade pie. Be prepared for a couple of HUGE surprises that are guaranteed to make this the best festival ever!  Do not miss this.  
Hopefully, more information can be released 2 weeks prior to the event. This popular festival is hosted by the LUD of La Riviere and sponsored by A Rocha Pembina Valley, Pembina Valley  Conservation District, Pembina Valley Central Plains Tourism Association, Pembina Manitou Community Development Corporation and The Eagle 93.5FM.The event is suitable for all ages and admission is FREE   
There is ample parking including handicap parking, and the building is handicap accessible.

More information can be found on A Rocha's website at
Admission: FREE for all ages.
For more information call 1-204-242-3272.
For the Photo Contest Rules and Application Form Click Here