A great horned owl.
HARTFORD — Bald eagles usually steal the spotlight this time of year, but what about other birds of prey?
On Saturday, Feb. 6, TreeHouse Wildlife Center in Dow will showcase live raptors at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive.
Guests can see hawks and owls up close and listen to their handlers give facts and stories about the birds. This informal learning opportunity will be open to participants to come and go as they please. The birds will be on display from 1 to 3 p.m. Birds which may be at the event include a screech owl, barred owl, kestrel and red-shouldered hawk. This event is free. There is a charge to tour the tower.
Treehouse Wildlife Center is a rehabilitation center for wildlife. Injured animals are cared for at the center until they are ready to be released into the wild. Sometimes, the wildlife sustains permanent injuries and become permanent residents of the center. They often are used for educational purposes. At the center, there are large outdoor habitats for the animals that will be released and there are indoor havens for the permanent residents. Treehouse Wildlife Center has one full-time and one part-time staff member and both are paid through a grant from a local foundation. The remaining staff consists of volunteers.
The tower is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission to the tower is $4 for adults, $3 for veterans and active military, $2 for children 12 and under and children 2 and under are free. Group rates are available for 12 or more people and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676.
For information and to see the full event schedule, call (618) 251-9101 or visit the events page at www.ConfluenceTower.com.