Posts Tagged ‘Save Our American Raptors’

‘Little Owl Festival’ for Chattanooga Audubon Society

March 25, 2012

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 Chattanooga Audubon Society invites you to attend the inaugural ‘Little Owl Festival‘.    There will be two stages set up with musicians and spoken word artists slated to perform.   Save Our American Raptors will fly birds of prey over the fields at Audubon Acres that Saturday afternoon.

Here’s the schedule of performances:

1:00-2:00 p.m. Raptors arrive and set up
2:00-2:45 p.m. Birds of Prey Raptor show by SOAR
1-2p Dance demonstration from “Emerald Hips Belly Dance Instruction” teacher Suzanne
Rambo. She will also do hooping.
1-2p Chattanooga Kirtan Band in the field including the following instruments: Native
American flute, Vocal, Sitar, Harmonium, Tabla and Jymbe drums,and other percussion.
Orchard Stage
NOON Opening song by Gilbert Sewell & welcome by Bill Fisher
12:10 Bob Carty, Announcements/giveaways
1:00 Hara Paper
1:30 Frank Eaton
1:40 Announce the Birds of Prey Show
2:00 Birds of Prey Show
2:30 Uncle Lightning
3:00 Jack Pine Savages String Band w/ Gilbert Sewell/poster
contest winner announced
3:30 Troy Underwood
4:00 Jerre Haskew
5:00-6:00 Dalton Roberts

Porch (Spoken Word) Stage
Ray Zimmerman – MC
12:00 Robin Burk
12:30 Jim Pfitzer
1:00 Grant Fetters
1:30 Michael Gray
2:00 Break for Birds of Prey Show
3:00 Finn Bille
3:15 Chrystina Jensen
3:30Marcus Patrick Ellsworth
4:00 Janie Dempsey Watts
4:20 Dr. Susan Hickman
4:40 Ray Zimmerman
5:00 Ginnie Strickland Sams
5:30 Peggy Douglas

Listen to story with spoken word artists Ray Zimmerman, Finn Bille and Peggy Douglas:



November 8, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke


Peregrine falcon Bonny with Dale Kernahan

Save Our American Raptors or S.O.A.R. is a nonprofit organization that cares for injured birds of prey.  They also work to educate people about these magnificent creatures by offering opportunities to get close to these large predators.  SOAR South in Wildwood Georgia is home to several injured birds of prey and a few peregrine falcons that are part of a breed and release program.  One of the falcons was released earlier this year equipped with a satellite telemetry device that transmits information.  You can follow the progress of this young falcon named Lookout as he follows his instincts and flies the natural migratory paths of his kin.  As of November 7, 2011, the young falcon that was released on Lookout Mountain Tennessee is now flying over the Rio Patuca in Honduras, Central America.

Listen to the story.

Bringing Near-Extinct Birds Back to the Scenic City

July 22, 2010


Ted and Zenith, two peregrine falcons, are currently living at Rock City and are preparing to be released into the wild.

John and Dale Stokes, from SOAR (Save Our American Raptors), are partnering with Rock City to bring peregrine falcons back to our area.  These birds spent many years on the Endangered Species list because pesticides nearly wiped them out in the 1960s and 70s.  Captive breeding projects are re-stocking the population of these apex predators.

Listen to the interview.

From the press release:

On Monday, July 12, at approximately 5 pm, two male peregrine falcons were placed in a hack box at Rock City, in preparation for their release on Wednesday, July 28*. The month-old birds flew here (by plane) from Minnesota, bred by Andy Kramer.

Fitted with transmitters, the birds are expected to take flight back into their natural habitat, hopefully to make this region their home since there are currently no nesting pairs in this area.

This Peregrine release program is an ongoing project for Rock City Gardens. Previous releases have included birds named “Garnet and Frieda” after the founders of Rock City, Garnet and Frieda Carter, as well as “Rocky.” This is the third hacking effort at Rock City since 2006.

Rock City offers Birds of Prey shows every Thursday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and a special 4:30 p.m. show on Saturdays. This show features the popular “Rock City Raptors” and is hosted by John and Dale Stokes.

*This release date is set according to the continued progress of both birds, Ted and Zenith. If one is slower to adapt, the release could be postponed a few days in order for both birds to be able to take flight.

This is Bonnie, a peregrine falcon in John and Dale Stokes’s care.  Bonnie was brought by our studios for a visit.

Listen to John and Dale Stokes talking about the meaning of Bonnie’s unique markings.