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Birds of Prey Exhibition to Benefit Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center
Taken from 5NewsOnline.com
by Amanda.Beck
March 6, 2012


Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience birds of prey, live and up close. This St. Patrick's Day, see a Peregrine Falcon flying at more than 200 mph right before your eyes, while helping animals get back on their feet and wings through your generous donations.

Come see this Birds of Prey Exhibition with more than 12 types of birds of prey displaying their flying and hunting abilities Saturday, March 17th (St. Patrick's Day) at Old Fort Harley-Davidson, 6304 S. 36th St. in Fort Smith. Thunder TV, The Fort 94.5 FM and Old Fort Harley-Davidson proudly present the Birds of Prey Show which is also a charity event to raise money for the Ark. Native Plant & Wildlife Center. Some of the dozen types of birds of prey that will be shown at this event include a Peregrine Falcon, Red-Tail Hawks, a Harris' Hawk, a Eurasian Eagle Owl and many more.

The day will begin with hamburgers and brats served starting at 11 a.m. The lunch will be cooked by volunteers from the Ark. Native Plant & Wildlife Center. All donations raised from food sales and during the day's events at Old Fort Harley-Davidson will go to support the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center: a charity dedicated to rehabilitating wildlife and supported solely by donations.

The Birds of Prey Exhibition will begin after lunch is served. Tommy Young, director of the Ark. Native Plant & Wildlife Center and master falconer will be showing more than 12 birds of prey along with the help of Dennis Snow, "the Snowman," host of Thunder TV and radio personality from The Fort 94.5 FM. Learn about the history of falconry which dates back centuries to a time when falcons were used for their keen hunting skills to help put food on the table. Have your picture made with these majestic birds! Watch as the birds display their incredible hunting and flying skills. Have your questions about these birds of prey answered by Tommy Young, a wildlife expert with a degree in ornithology and experience by helping rehabilitate at least 14 bears, 10,000 hawks, 9,000 owls, 23 bald eagles, 19 golden eagles and 22,000 mammals back into the wild.

The show is a free, fun and educational experience for the entire family. While there is no admission to see the show, donations are encouraged. Donations go directly to feeding and caring for the animals at the Ark. Native Plant and Wildlife Center and will to help fund a complete animal hospital in the future which can treat more injured wildlife in need of help.

Recently, Tommy Young released an adult bald eagle which he rehabilitated back into the wild at Lake Ouachita. Although the eagle had potentially fatal salmonella poisoning, Tommy and the Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center were able to rehabilitate the bald eagle over several weeks. The eagle made a full recovery and you can see the inspiring release of the eagle back into the wild on an all-new episode of Thunder TV which airs at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10 on FOX 24. Thunder TV, which features motorcycle rides, riders and amazing things they can see along their journey, has made several trips to the Ark. Native Plant & Wildlife Center, encouraging riders and viewers to support this center which aids injured animals. Thunder TV is hosted by Dennis Snow and is produced in Arkansas and is currently on the air in several states throughout the region. More about Thunder TV at www.ThunderTV.net

The Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center is a 501c3 nonprofit for wildlife breeding, rehabilitation and education. The Center receives no state or federal funding and is totally supported by the generosity of charitable donations and volunteers.

Donations can now be made directly to the Ark. Native Plant and Wildlife Center online:
http://arkansasnativeplantandwildlifecenter.org/

Donations may also be mailed to:
Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center, c/o Tommy Young, Director, P.O. Box 1881, Mena, AR 72953

In addition to monetary donations, the Ark. Native Plant & Wildlife Center also accepts donations of grain, extra meat that hunters may have, volunteers who want to donate their time and other types of supplies.

More about Tommy Young, Director of Ark. Native Plant and Wildlife Center:
Young earned a degree in ornithology from Cornell University and holds all credentials required by the federal government and the state of Arkansas to be an animal rehabilitator. As a master falconer, Young also breeds hawks, trains them to hunt and survive, then releases them back into the wild and he also gives lectures and demonstrations of birds of prey throughout the region. Animals that have permanent injuries or are being rehabilitated are housed in a natural setting at the base of Rich Mountain at the intersection of Hwy 270 and Hwy 272 in Mena, AR and is open to the public in April. At the Educational Center, people can see an otter, baby deer, rabbits and even meet Sheena the Mountain Lion. More about the center at: arkansasnativeplantandwildlifecenter.org