Auburn raptor demonstration big hit ahead of home games

Auburn raptor demonstration big hit ahead of home games
Auburn fans will once again have the opportunity to see a raptor show and flight demonstration each Friday before home football games at the Southeastern Raptor Center for the Football, Fans and Feathers educational program. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Auburn fans will once again have the opportunity to see a raptor show and flight demonstration each Friday before home football games at the Southeastern Raptor Center for the Football, Fans and Feathers educational program. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Auburn fans will once again have the opportunity to see a raptor show and flight demonstration each Friday before home football games at the Southeastern Raptor Center for the Football, Fans and Feathers educational program.

"It's actually one of the top things to do on a home football game weekend. Its in the top 10 thing to do in that tailgating weekend for people," says Raptor Specialist, Rhett Laporte.

During the hour long show, onlookers will have the chance to get up close and personal to the birds.

"A lot of these birds, even those they live right here in the state of Alabama or all over the U.S. possibly, you just don't see them too often. Especially the owls with most of them being nocturnal. You're not going to have too many chances to see them up close, but we'll fly a good bit of the raptors. We'll usually bring about 10-12 birds down and fly a good bit of them right over the crowd, through the crowd, and around the crowd. Then at the very end of the event after everything is done, we'll get all the birds back out with their trainers and then you can actually go up and get picture of the birds, pictures with the birds if you want too, and talk to the trainers about the individual birds, how they're trained and how everything works," says Laporte.

Tickets are $5 per person with kids 3 and under being admitted free. Officials say that its a good idea to come early to grab yourself a seat.

"The non-SEC games, the smaller games, usually we will get around 300-400 people, maybe a little bit over that. For some of the SEC games, we usually get about 500 people or so. Some of the big SEC games we can have well over 600 people," says Laporte.

The first event will be this Friday at 4 p.m. at the Southeastern Raptor Center. Gates open at 3 p.m.

There will be a grassy area for people to place blankets and lawn chairs if seats are no longer available.

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