Check out birds of prey for a unique experience

newsroom@islandpacket.comMarch 7, 2014 

Pete Richards of The Fripp Audubon Club recently introduced a spectacular show-and-tell, hosted by Steve Schabel of the Center of the Birds of Prey at the Fripp Island Community Center.

"Spectacular" is an understatement. No less than five magnificent birds of prey were on intimate display -- some loose and flying inches over the heads of the packed audience, seated back to front and side to side.

We were sitting in the front row, and an owl was two feet in front of our faces. Hawks, falcons and owls (with 3- and 4-foot wing spans) were flying around the room. Folks were literally sitting frozen, many with their eyes closed as the birds swooped. Schabel took many questions about these birds from the mesmerized crowd.

The facility is just north of Charleston in Awendaw and treats wounded birds. It also breeds birds and exhibits birds. Folks are always looking for things to do. What a terrific outing for visiting family and friends -- a Lowcountry gem.

George and Kathy Johnston

Dataw Island

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