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Nature Night in Eagle features five different kinds of raptors

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Hera the Merlin. Native to Colorado, these small falcons love to eat other birds. Learn all about how this bird earned its secondary name of Pigeon Hawk on Tuesday at the Dusty Boot.
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The Dusty Boot will once again partner with Walking Mountains Science Center to offer Nature Night for residents of and visitors to the Vail Valley. The event, which will take place at the Dusty Boot in Eagle on Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. will include food and drink specials, a Walking Mountains Science Center education station, plus activities and live raptors presented in partnership with Nature’s Educators from Denver.

Dusty Boot owner, John Shipp, gained a love for nature through field trips to science centers in Denver. Part of his strategic plan as a community-minded business owner is to give back by introducing local families to the same types of experiences.

“We were thrilled by the overwhelming success of our first Nature Night,” Shipp said. “What a great way for families and kids to create a unique and lasting experience together. Hopefully we will continue to gain exposure for Walking Mountains’ programming and fulfill the need to connect locals to nature. I expect this will be a great program for years to come.”



In addition to hosting the event, Shipp will donate 20 percent of sales on the night of the event to support educational programs for students at Walking Mountains Science Center. Markian Feduschak, executive director of Walking Mountains Science Center, appreciates the partnership opportunity.

“Walking Mountains Science Center’s mission is to connect our entire community to the natural world through fun and engaging natural science education,” he said. “We are once again excited to partner with the Dusty Boot on the next Nature Night in August and so appreciate their support. We had such a great turnout in July and the Dusty Boot is a great venue to showcase the upcoming raptor program.”



Nature’s Educators will be on hand with its raptors, featuring:

Tempest, the Golden Eagle: Native to Colorado, this is their largest raptor. Find out just how much pressure they can squeeze in their huge feet!

Arctic, the Gyrfalcon: Native to the Arctic Circle, this is the world’s largest falcon. Just how fast can a Gyrfalcon fly?



Athena, the Great Horned Owl: Native to Colorado, the Great Horned Owl is nicknamed the Hoot Owl. Why can’t we hear them when they fly?

Hera, the Merlin: Native to Colorado, these small falcons love to eat other birds. Learn all about how this bird earned its secondary name of Pigeon Hawk.

Zeus the Harris’s Hawk: Native to the Southern U.S., this is the world’s smartest raptor. Discover why they’re called the wolves of the sky.


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