On August 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Institute for American Indian Studies located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut is welcoming staff from the Sharon Audubon Center for a program featuring live birds of prey.

Native American people revere birds of prey for their majestic appearance as well as for their hunting prowess. In some indigenous cultures, birds of prey are considered important because of their ability to fly high, and thus have a closer proximity to the Creator. Feathers from these birds are significant, as they are symbols of honor, and must be earned. Today, across the United States, Native American cultures celebrate these predators in art, jewelry, crafts, beadwork, and basketry

This joint program hosted by the Institute and the Audubon strives to increase public understanding of these North American birds of prey and their importance to Native American culture in the Eastern woodlands. A highlight of this program is that visitors will be able to meet these fascinating creatures up close and watch them being handled by a Sharon Audubon educator. 

This special event is included in the price of admission to the Institute of American Indian Studies. Adults are $10, seniors are $8, and children are $6; IAIS members of the Institute are free. For more information visit the website or call 860-309-9215.