Experience a close encounter with more than 20 hawks, eagles, owls and falcons during The Raptor Project’s live birds of prey show with Jonathan Wood on Saturday, April 17, during the City of McAllen’s third annual Vida Verde Earth Day Festival at Quinta Mazatlan, the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center.

Enjoy two festival shows at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. featuring raptors from diverse habitats across the world at each presentation. View birds of prey ranging in size from small owls weighing three ounces to majestic eagles with eight foot wingspans throughout the festival in the Raptor Project exhibit area adjacent to the show area.

Many of the birds in The Raptor Project have permanent handicaps and have been donated by crowded wildlife centers around the country. Unable to be re-introduced to the wild, they now have been tamed and trained to educate the public as charming ambassadors of their species and the environments they inhabit.

The Raptor Project and its birds of prey are ambassadors to millions of adults and children across the nation and have been featured on national television including Animal Planet, National Geographic, The Today Show, Good Morning America and CNN to name a few.

The Raptor Project founders, Jonathan and Susan Wood of New York’s Catskill Mountains have assembled a traveling collection of feathered predators that is unrivaled in scope and size anywhere in the world. Jonathan Wood is a master falconer and wildlife rehabilitator, bringing unique insights, observations and humor to his exciting, riveting, nationally acclaimed shows.

The City of McAllen’s Vida Verde Earth Day Festival aims to educate, engage, encourage and empower the Rio Grande Valley to lead a more sustainable existence. Enjoy activities for all ages throughout the day including live birds of prey shows, music in the park by Eco Elvis and Ensamble la Mision, eco fashion show by the University of Texas Pan American, interactive exhibits and demonstrations, food, fun and much more.

The free festival is brought to you by the City of McAllen in partnership with the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and generously sponsored Magic Valley Electric Cooperative, KVEO News Center 23, The Monitor, Chick-fil-A, and Funeraria del Angel.

Quinta Mazatlan, the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center is located at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall off 10th Street, east of the McAllen Grand Plaza Hotel. For more information contact Quinta Mazatlan at 956-681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan.com for a complete schedule of festival events.