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Wings and Wildlife Festival at the Flint RiverQuarium

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Make some tracks and join the Flint RiverQuarium Saturday, September 28, for a celebration of all creatures great and small at the Water, Wings and Wildlife Festival, sponsored by MillerCoors. Whether wet and scaly, feathered, slimy or furry, we want to celebrate all of the amazing wild animals that fill our beautiful world. You can enjoy birds of prey and reptile shows, birding hikes along the Riverfront Trail, building a birdhouse and learning about the “animals” in outer space. Or maybe you prefer to fly fish along the Flint, fish in the fountain or SCUBA dive. All of these activities and much more await you at the Flint

For detailed information please see our web site, www.flintriverquarium.com, or call 229-639-2650.

Water, Wings and Wildlife Event Schedule
Except where additional fees are noted, all activities are included with admission to the Flint RiverQuarium
Bird Banding
Presenter: Charlie Muise, Atlanta Audubon’s Important Bird Area Coordinator
Times: 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Cost: Free with general festival admission
Where: Riverfront Trail behind the RiverQuarium
How do close encounters with wild birds, literally touching them, sound? Charlie Muise, our state’s Important Bird Area (IBA) Coordinator will temporarily net and catch wild birds. The birds receive a bracelet with an individual number on it–kind of like a social security number. Charlie will identify the bird by species and gender and will also take special measurements such as wing length and fat content and then let YOU release it back to the wild! This helps scientists study and monitor bird populations.

Wild Wings Birds of Prey Show
Presenter: Winged Ambassadors
Times: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with general festival admission
Where: RiverQuarium Plaza
In fulfillment of a life-long dream shared by two very close friends, Dale Arrowood and Ed Carswell, Winged Ambassadors was founded with a mission to promote environmental conservation, specifically protection for the wildlife that we share the earth with, through a uniquely designed program of education. Programs featuring some of the very Birds of Prey responsible for long ago capturing the fascinations of those two friends have now provided thousands of people in many different communities the rare and exhilarating opportunity of coming face-to-face with these breathtaking animals as they learn more about them and the complex, important roles they play in supporting the geographical ecosystems on which we all rely.

Build Your Own Birdhouse
Presenters: Lowe’s Home Improvement
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.00 per birdhouse
Where: Plaza of the Flint RiverQuarium
If you are looking to give a bird a home, come out and build one. Lowe’s will provide all the supplies necessary for you to help a bird species of concern. You can also show off your artistic flare by painting your bird house as well.

Cold Blooded Reptile Show
Presenters: Chehaw
Times: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with general festival admission
Where: Imagination Theater
Chehaw’s expert staff will provide a unique opportunity to “get up close and personal” to some of their park animals. These out of the ordinary experiences should make an impression with adults and children of all ages. This should be a very WILD and entertaining program!

Guided Garden Tours
Presenters: Southwest Georgia Master Gardeners
Times: Ongoing, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Where: Radium Springs
Join some of Southwest Georgia’s Certified Master Gardener experts in the reopened Radium Springs Gardens for a light walk around the spring. Radium Springs is considered one of the 7 Wonders of Georgia. It can discharge roughly 70,000 gallons of water per minute. It was once a popular swimming hole and fishing spot in its heyday. But now it has been “preserved as an ecological and environmental park.”

Zoo in Space
Presenter: Jim Friese
Times: 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free with general festival admission
Where: Wetherbee Planetarium at Thronateeska Heritage Center
Join Thronateeska Heritage Center’s staff astronomer, Jim Friese. He will lead you through the night sky by talking about animal stars we have in space and their stories from Greek and Roman Mythology. Learn about constellations and how they are expressed in different cultures under the sky in the planetarium.

Discover SCUBA
Presenters: Adventure Dive Center
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 11:15 a.m. –1:45 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person
Where: RiverQuarium Flint River Room
Have you always wanted to know what it would be like to dive and see underwater creatures in a different light, but you have never been ready to take the plunge? Discover SCUBA is for you! Come on in our Blue Hole with our expert SCUBA certified professionals. They will guide you through the basic training skills, safety and equipment requirements that are necessary for a certification. You will not receive an actual SCUBA certification with this course
To register, please contact the Education Manager at 229-639-2650 ext. 226 or mmartin@flintriverquarium.com.

Birdwatching 101
Presenters: Tall Timbers Research Station and Albany Audubon Society
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $3.00 per person
Where: RiverQuarium
Birding can become your passion with this birding basics course. Learn to identify common birds in your area that call the Flint River home with local birding experts, Jim Cox and Alan Ashley. You will walk along the Riverfront Greenway Trail exploring habitats for resident and migrant birds as the season dictates. We always have a surprise! This is a great opportunity to learn about the birds of Georgia. Dress for the weather and wear sunscreen. Field binoculars, field guide, morning cup of joe and light breakfast will be provided! This class is held ½ indoors and ½ outdoors.
To register, please contact the Education Manager at 229-639-2650 ext. 226 or mmartin@flintriverquarium.com.

Fly Fishing
Presenter:Todd Rogers, Orvis
Times: Ongoing, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Where: Riverfront Trail Flint River edge
With a good fly cast, anyone can begin to fish! Todd Rogers with Orvis will demonstrate various fly fishing techniques. There will be opportunities to learn about, try gear and practice casting. This is a good time for beginners to get a taste of fly fishing. Who knows, maybe you will take the “bait” and want to become a master of this craft. You can also sign up for an introductory class that will be held at a later date sometime in spring 2014.

Butterfly Gardening
Presenter: Birdsong Nature Center
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free with general festival admission
Where: Flint RiverQuarium
Volunteer, Beth Grant, will present a slide show discussing native host and nectar plants and a variety of butterflies they will attract. Learn how to start your own butterfly garden, the plants best suited for a garden and identify and attract local butterflies to your own backyard. She also will answer any questions you may have. This class is held indoors.

Booths in Plaza
• Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement– Learn about boating safety for all watercraft.
• Georgia Department of Natural Resources Fisheries – Fish in the Fountain
• Georgia Department of Natural Resources Game Management – Water and Wildlife
• Georgia Forestry Commission – Water and Plants
• Southwest Georgia Master Gardener’s – Extension Volunteers can tell you all about their program and provide basic plant information.
• Water, Gas and Light – Water Conservation Station
• Lee County Code Enforcement and Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful – Learn about the River’s Alive program and how you can help.

Other Activities
• Animal Encounters
• Alligator Feedings
• Dive Shows
• Imagination Theater Movies
• Interactive Children’s Activity Stations
• Other Family Friendly Activities

The RiverQuarium is offering a special reduced admission of $8.50 per ticket. An Imagination Theater movie can be added for $3.00. Except where additional fees are noted, all activities are included with admission to the Flint RiverQuarium. Enjoy 10% off any family membership level or greater the entire weekend.

The Flint RiverQuarium is southwest Georgia’s premier aquarium, featuring more than 1,000 animals that call the Flint River watershed home. The Flint RiverQuarium is located at 101 Pine Avenue in downtown Albany, Georgia. Regular operating hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

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