DRESDEN — After more than 20 years thrilling audiences in Connecticut, Wind Over Wings, an environmental education service featuring live birds of prey, has made a permanent move to Midcoast Maine, according to a press release from the organization. The organization’s raptors — eagles, hawks, owls and a falcon — cannot survive in the wild.
Founded in 1990 by Hope Douglas, the organization’s outreach program allows the public to be just 10 feet away from a live bird of prey. Audiences have the opportunity to hear the birds’ stories and to learn ways to conserve and protect the environment.
Raptors that currently are part of the organization’s faculty include 2 northern saw-whet owls, an eastern screech-owl, a great horned owl, two red-tailed hawks, a peregrine falcon, and two golden eagles. A young bald eagle and a Harlan’s red-tailed hawk are currently in the training process to be educators.
Wind Over Wings has already brought their magnificent raptors to a number of organizations in Maine, including Maine Audubon, MidCoast Audubon, Falmouth Land Trust, a number of elementary schools, and many senior communities. Thanks to a farewell gift from the people of Connecticut, and a grant from the Gimbel Trust, programs are now available for schools within two hours of the MidCoast area.
More information about the organization and its birds and programs can be found on the organization’s website: www.windoverwings.org or by calling Hope Douglas at (207) 809-9168.