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Live Birds of Prey at Trailside “New Jersey’s Magnificent Raptors”

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present “New Jersey’s Magnificent Raptors,” sponsored by Conserve Wildlife Foundation, on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Trailside Nature and Science Center.  This free program is offered to families with children ages 7 and older. 

“Trailside Nature and Science Center provides families with a wonderful opportunity to have fun while learning about the natural world,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “The Magnificent Raptors program offers a unique opportunity to meet live birds of prey and discover how these amazing birds have made an incredible comeback in the state of New Jersey.

Over the past few decades, New Jersey’s bald eagles, peregrine falcons and osprey have made an inspiring recovery thanks largely to the work of devoted biologists and faithful volunteers from the Conserve Wildlife Foundation and the State Endangered  & Nongame Species Program. Learn about the special adaptations that make birds of prey excellent hunters and find out about the work being done to study and protect them.  A guest speaker from the Tenafly Nature Center will bring live birds such as an owl, red-tailed hawk and kestrel to demonstrate the adaptations, behavior and physiology of these magnificent raptors. One these birds of prey—the peregrine falcon—once endangered in the state of New Jersey—has a nest and sits atop the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth. (

Pre-registration is required and walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Register at  Donations are appreciated.  For more information about this program or other upcoming Outdoor Adventure Programs, workshops or special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit    Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.