Falcons to Visit Columbus State (The Birds, Not the Team)

BirdOfPreyCOLUMBUS, Ga – The falcons are not playing football this weekend; they are taking flight at Columbus State University's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the "Birds of Prey" program, a show that promises real-world interactions with falcons, hawks, and other avian beasts native to the region.

Attendees of the show will watch a falcon dive at a speed of more than 150 miles per hour and observe a hawk soar high above their heads. A more reserved, but no less entertaining bird - the owl - also will be a part of the performance.

Oxbow Meadows is partnering with EarthQuest to put on the show. EarthQuest is a nonprofit environmental education organization located in Pine Mountain Valley, Georgia that specializes in live wildlife presentations.

"Being able to offer a birds of prey show at Oxbow is an amazing opportunity,” said Jan Kent, assistant director for Oxbow Meadows. “EarthQuest always puts on an entertaining and educational program that is sure to delight anyone from ages 2 to 102.”

Activities will begin, rain or shine, at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. at the learning center located on South Lumpkin Road. Admission is $5 per person and open to the public. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Josh Baldwin Fund. Baldwin was a devoted team member for Oxbow and an animal curator for EarthQuest.

For more information about the Josh Baldwin Fund, visit http://oxbow.columbusstate.edu/joshua_baldwin_fund.php. For more information about the Birds
of Prey show, visit http://oxbow.columbusstate.edu/.