Raptor Fest 2019

Is a Hawk a buzzard or a vulture? Learn this and more at Elachee’s 5th Annual Raptor Fest.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 ... Rain or Shine

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thank you to annual presenting sponsor Northside Hospital and Raptor Fest 2019 event sponsor Milton Martin Toyota for making possible this March 16, 2019 public program.

WHERE: Elachee Visitor Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, GA 30504 DIRECTIONS / MAP

WHAT is Raptor Fest? A seasonal Elachee public nature program with live bird and animal encounters giving children, families and nature lovers the chance to learn about wild birds of prey.

ADMISSION: Pay at the Gate

PARKING: FREE shuttles to/from designated parking areas

Participating Experts and Birding Activities

  • Wings to Soar – Dale Kernahan
  • Georgia Mountain Falconry – Buster Brown
  • Thomson Raptors – Beth Thomson
  • Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge – ​Heather Abercrombie
  • Chattahoochee Nature Center – Kim Hakimian and Nicole Thurston
  • Wildlife Wonders
  • Special Guest, The “One Man Band” – David Court, Entertainer
  • Special Guest, Mark Warren – Primitive Naturalist and Author
  • Special Guest, Nigel the Nighthawk – University of North Georgia Mascot 
  • Bird Hike – Guided by Peter Gordon (Elachee to provide binoculars)
  • Elachee Live Animal Exhibit “Exploration” offers guests the chance to learn about some organisms that birds eat.

Family-Friendly Activities

  • Face Painting – get cheeky with a masterpiece on your mug.
  • Scavenger Hunt – find out what’s screeching and chirping around the Nature Center.
  • Get Crafty – make a Bird Feeder, Toilet Paper Binoculars or a Paper Plate Bird
  • “Angry Birds!” – engage in dialogue about the challenges and threats birds encounter through this fun, goofy activity based on the popular digital game.
  • Fill-the-Bill – become acquainted with different kinds of beaks in this fun activity.
  • Wing It – compare your “wingspan” with that of many different birds.

Eat and Shop

  • Hot Dog Ninja – food and beverages
  • Frozen Frenzee – snow cones
  • Elachee Nature Shop – buy souvenirs, children’s toys and plush animals, nature-themed gifts for friends, home and garden PLUS Elachee Annual Members get a discount on the entire purchase!

Share the Fun

At the event, use Elachee’s Snapchat filter and an Instagram hashtag to post your Raptor Fest 2019 photos online.

Become a Raptor Fest Exhibitor or Sponsor

Call 770-535-1976