Meet a golden eagle at ‘Raptors on the Wing’

Aug 20, 2014
Courtesy of: Adopt-A-Stream Foundation Kestrel SkyHawk, with golden eagle on her arm, will speak about eagles, hawks and owls at the “Raptors on the Wing” event on Wednesday, Aug. 27, hosted by the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation.

The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation presents “Raptors on the Wing” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Northwest Stream Center in Everett.

This Streamkeeper Academy event will be led by Kestrel SkyHawk of the Sarvey Wildlife Center, who will bring a large golden eagle called Hu Iyake (which means “Legs Feathered” in Sioux) on her arm – and a supporting cast of several owls and hawks to the stage.

The other raptors for viewing may include a great horned owl, barred owl, barn owl, saw-whet owl, peregrine falcon and red tail hawk.

“The audience will be thrilled to see these beautiful raptors so close,” said Adopt-A-Stream Foundation Director Tom Murdoch.

Murdoch said the term “raptor” comes from the Latin word “rapere” that means to seize or take by force. Raptors are birds that hunt for food primarily on the wing, using their keen senses, especially vision.

He said they hunt primarily for mammals, but some will also hunt for other birds as well as fish. Their talons and beaks tend to be relatively large and powerful and adapted for tearing or piercing flesh.

SkyHawk will teach about the habits and habitat requirements of these birds, their life histories and favorite foods. She will talk about what its really like to “see like an eagle.”  Learn steps that you can take to conserve and protect raptors.

“SkyHawk is very entertaining and a great story teller – and if the barn owl is in the mood, you may have to protect your ears from its screech,” Murdock said. “This is a fun event for the whole family.”

“Raptors on the Wing” will be held at the Northwest Stream Center auditorium in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park at 600 128th St. S.E. in Everett.

For driving directions, go to

Call 425-316-8592 to register. Seating is limited. The “early bird” gets a chair. Cost is $7 for Adopt-A-Stream Foundation members, $10 for non-members.

Proceeds benefit the Sarvey Wildlife Center and the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation’s Streamkeeper Academy.

This event is presented by the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation in partnership with Snohomish County Parks & Recreation.

To learn about other Streamkeeper Academy events call 425-316-8592 or go to

-Edited by Beacon staff

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