The Charleston-based International Center for Birds of Prey will have a booth in Marion Square for the entire SEWE weekend. “Visitors can view the birds up close any time during the expo,” says the Center’s Director of Education, Stephen Schabel. “We’ll have seven or eight birds from our collection.” At 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday representatives from the Center will be flying hawks, eagles, and falcons around the square in a special presentation. “We’ll be giving commentary about the birds and the work that we do,” says Schabel.
The nonprofit center is home to 225 birds of prey and is dedicated to the study and protection of birds and their habitats. —KL
Here’s what to do if you find an injured bird:
Catch that varmint!
Use a pair of heavy gloves, even if the “chicken” doesn’t have large talons. Approach the bird very slowly and from the front. Nobody likes to be surprised from behind. Cover the bird with a towel, blanket, or jacket, and pick it up. Fold the wings against the body and secure the legs.
Put the bird in a box.
Use a cardboard box just slightly larger than the bird. Cut ventilation holes and put a towel in the bottom. Keep the box in a warm, dark place, away from pets and children. Remind the bird to keep his wings and feet inside the ride at all times, and to enjoy his visit to “Humanland.”
Don’t feed it!
We know your mom taught you to feed your guests, but the bird might not be stable enough to eat. Even if the bird looks hungry, do not give it anything to eat.