Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Upcoming Program and Rock City

Hello,

It has been a bit since the last post, but we have an upcoming program on Sunday
May 8th (Mother's Day) at Russell Cave National Monument near Stevenson, Alabama https://www.nps.gov/ruca/index.htm The program begins at 2:00 p.m. CDT

On May 27th, we begin our 12th season of Rock City Raptors at beautiful Rock City
on Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee www.seerockcity.com
We have programs Friday through Monday this week (since it is Memorial Day), with
showtimes at 11:00, 1:00, 3:00, and 4:30 p.m. EDT . We are regularly scheduled Friday through Sunday throughout the Summer with programs at the same time. Come on up to
the "Rock" to see us! Thanks!

Dale and John
www.soarsouth.org
s.o.a.r.south@hotmail.com
423-605-8917

Thursday, March 03, 2016

March 2016 Programs

Hello All,

This weekend, March 5th, we will be at Wheeler Refuge Visitor's Center near Decatur, Alabama http://friendsofwheelerrefuge.org/events/… with two presentations at 11:00 and 1:00 CST. If you are interested in attending this presentation, get there early for there is limited seating.

The following week, we will return to Elachee Nature Center, Gainesville, Georgia for their Raptorfest 2016 http://www.elachee.org/fm/events/detail/id/11/

The next weekend we travel to the (hopefully not) Frozen North to visit out friends at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota for their Soar With the Eagles Weekends http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org/soar-2016-march-19-20/ We have presentations at 11:00 and 2:30 CDT on Saturday March 19th and at 12:00 and 2:00 on Sunday.

The last weekend in March we will again be at Reflection Riding and Nature Center (Chattanooga Nature Center)http://reflectionriding.org/nature-center/ with programs on Saturday March 26th at 11:00 and 1:30 EDT. Like Wheeler Refuge, get there early if you want a seat!

We hope to see you somewhere at one of our presentations!

Dale and John
Wings To Soar
www.soarsouth.org
423-605-8908

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Upcoming Programs-February 2016

Hey, 

We have a few programs coming up this weekend. The first is on Friday, February 19th at David Crockett State Park near Lawrenceburg, Tennessee for the Winter Speaker Series http://tnstateparks.com/even…/details/winter-speaker-series2 with our program starting at 7:00 p.m. CST at the Park's Restaurant/Meeting area. The second set of programs is on the following day, February 20th at Lake Guntersville State Park. We are there for their Annual Eagle Awareness Weekends http://alapark.com/wings-soar with programs at 2 and 7 p.m.CST at the Park's Lodge. The next day we will be in Atlanta at Chattahoochie Nature Center http://chattnaturecenter.org/  Our programs are at 12:30 and 2:30 EST. 

The following week we are in Morgan City, Louisiana for the 11th Annual Eagle Expo http://www.cajuncoast.com/eagleexpo with a public program on Thursday February 25th at 6:00 at the Bayou Vista Community Center. If you are in the area near any of these events, stop by and see us! Thanks!

Dale and John

Wings To Soar
P.O. Box 743
Trenton, Georgia 30752
423-605-8917
www.soarsouth.org
s.o.a.r.south@hotmail.com

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Program on Saturday, November 21st, at Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo Georgia

Hello,

We have our last public program of the year at Stephen C. Foster State Park near Fargo, Georgia
http://gastateparks.org/info/224840?c=6604365&s=224840.0.0.5&genstatic=1 Our first show starts at 11:00 a.m. and the second at 1:00. If you are in the area, please stop by and catch a show.

We are now booking programs for Winter/Spring 2016. If you are interested, either call us at 423-605-8917 or e-mail s.o.a.r.south@hotmail.com Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

Dale and John
www.soarsouth.org

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Rock City Raptors

Hello Everyone,

Sorry it has been a while since our last update! Our final weekend of our regular season at Rock City is upon us. We will be doing our Rock City Raptors http://www.seerockcity.com/events/entry/rock-city-raptors show Friday, September 4th, through Labor Day September 7th at 11, 1, 3, and 4:30 EDT
We will return in October for Rocktoberfest with shows on Saturday and Sunday and on Monday October 12th (Columbus Day). Come on up and see a show!

On September 19, 2015 we will be at Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina for their annual Flock To The Rock Event http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/events/event_detail.php?EVENT_ID=394 This is a truly spectacular place about 25 miles SE of Asheville (near Bat Cave...to the Bat Cave, Robin!).

We will keep you updated on future presentations! By the way, we are now booking programs for Winter/Early Spring 2016. Call or e-mail at the phone number and address below listed. Thanks!

Dale and John

s.o.a.r.south@hotmail.com
423-605-8917

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Upcoming Programs

Hello,

We have several programs coming up this Spring. The first is in Memphis at the Grove at Red Oak Lake http://mygrove.org/ with programs at 12:00 and 2:00 CDT

The following weekend, May 2nd, we will be at Dunbar Cave State Park for their Spring Fling  http://tnstateparks.com/events/details/spring-fling1 Our program is at 10:30 CDT.

The next day, we will be in Virginia at beautiful Hungry Mother State Park near Marion for
their Birding Weekend Adventure http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/documents/hm-birding-2015.pdf Our show is at 2:00 p.m. EDT

We doing a little bit of traveling the next week and on May 9th we will be at Stephen C. Foster State Park near Fargo, Georgia http://gastateparks.org/info/224840?c=6049114&s=224840.0.0.5&genstatic=1&dateid=2998 with programs at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

On May 10th,we wrap our Spring programs at Russell Cave National Monument
http://www.nps.gov/ruca/index.htm  near Stevenson, Alabama with a program at 2:00 p.m. CDT


On May 22nd, we begin our 11th season of Rock City Raptors at Rock City www.seerockcity.com
with shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11, 1, 3, and 4:30 p.m. EDT

Stop by and see the birds if you get a chance.

Thanks!

Dale and John
www.soarsouth.org
s.o.a.r.south@hotmail.com
423-605-8917

Monday, February 16, 2015

Upcoming programs in February-March 2015

Hello All,

We have several public programs coming up in the next month. The first in the series is February 21st
at the Chattahoochie Nature Center in Atlanta. We will at the "For the Love of Birds" event http://chattnaturecenter.org/ with programs at 11:30 and 1:30.

In a few weekends, March 7th, we will "wheel" over to Wheeler Refuge Visitor Center near Decatur, Alabama http://friendsofwheelerrefuge.org/events/?eventID=76&date=03/07/2015 We have programs at 11:00 and 1:00. Seating is very limited so get there early.

The following weekend, we will back near Atlanta at Gainesville's Elachee Nature Center http://www.elachee.org/news_events/index.html Raptor Fest. We will be conduct four fifteen minute programs. Check their website for showtimes.

The next weekend we hook up the huskies and head north to Minnesota: Wabasha to be exact, for the National Eagle center's Soar With the Eagles Weekend  http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org/march-21-22/ We have programs at 10:30 and 12:30 on Saturday and 12:00 and 2:00 on Sunday.

From March 27th through April 19th we will be at Rock City for their Second Annual Fairytale Nights Festival http://www.seerockcity.com/events/entry/fairytale-nights Come up and see us in Medieval costumes as we present shows based on the history of falconry.

Thanks for checking in and maybe we will see you on the road!

Dale and John
www.soarsouth.org
s.o.a.r.south@hotmail.com

Friday, January 02, 2015

Upcoming programs-early 2015

Hello and Happy New Year!

We have several upcoming presentations over the next month. To begin, we will be at Lake Guntersville
State Park in Alabama for their Eagle Awareness Weekend series http://alapark.com/parks/images/lake-guntersville/Eagle-Awareness-Flyer-Final-2.pdf We will have presentations on Saturday, January 3rd at 2 and 7 p.m. CST. Three weekends into the future, January 24th, we will journey north to Lake Barkley State Park near Cadiz, Kentucky. This is in conjunction with the Kentucky State Park Eagle Weekends http://parks.ky.gov/calendar/details/eagle-weekend/25352/

The following weekend on January 31st, we motor up to legendary Reelfoot Lake State Park near Tiptonville, Tennessee for their annual Eagle Festival http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/reelfoot-lake We will have presentations at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Park headquarters across from World Famous Boyette's Restaurant. On February 14th we return to Lake Guntersville with programs at 2 and 7 p.m. CST. We hope to see you somewhere on the road.

By the way, we are booking programs for late April through May. You can either e-mail us at s.o.a.r.south@hotmail.com or call 423-605-8917. Thanks!

Dale and John

Sunday, September 07, 2014

final Peregrine update and upcoming shows

Hello,

Sorry it has been a while since our last update. The Peregrines have left the area. One of the young birds, more than likely Wilbur, was last seen in the area about three weeks ago. A few years ago, when we released Lookout the Peregrine (who was carrying a satellite transmitter), he left the area by the second week in August. Lookout eventually found his way over to the Mississippi River where Peregrines pursue shorebirds on their migration south. It is very possible that Orville and Wilbur may have done the same. There is no real way to know. Maybe next year we will be able to put a satellite transmitter on another Peregrine to follow his progress.

Meanwhile, we have an upcoming program in September on 9/27 at Cheekwood Botanical Graden in Nashville http://www.cheekwood.org/Calendar/Events.aspx?d=2014.9.27 We will have shows at 11 and 1 CDT. Come early for either show because the auditorium fill up fast.

We will be back at Rock City for their 9th Annual Rocktoberfest http://www.seerockcity.com/events/entry/rocktoberfest We will have shows on Saturday and Sundays in October at 11:30, 1:30 and 4 p.m. EDT Come on up to the Rock and have some brats, beverages and learn to Chicken dance.

We are currently booking programs for late 2014 and early 2015. If you are interested in a program, call us at 423-605-8917 or e-mail us at s.o.a.r.south@hotmail.com Thanks!
Dale and John

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Finally, another Peregrine update

Hello,

With not much to report over much of last week (other than a Turkey Vulture eating the food left on the hack platform), one of the Peregrines which we believe is Wilbur, is still around Rock City. He was seen yesterday afternoon flying from the hack box to a grove of nearby trees. We quickly put a small quail on the hack box feeding platform and within 15 minutes, it was gone. He wasn't seen today, but another small quail was placed on the platform and it was gone within 30 minutes. Jeff Raabe of Rock City is going to re-erect the wildlife camera tomorrow and perhaps he'll be able to capture an image of the Peregrine. Meanwhile enjoy these photos taken by Ray Helman of Orville and Wilbur. We'll update in a few days. Thanks!

Dale and John

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Peregrine update

Hello,

One of the two Peregrine brothers, Wilbur, is still hanging around the release site, although he has
removed his transmitter. There is no sign or signal from Orville. He was last heard from (transmitter-wise) yesterday afternoon.  However, he still may be in the area and may have remove his transmitter as well. It is hard to keep a radio transmitter on a Peregrine since its beak is rather parrot-like. We are hoping we will see both brothers together again soon. We'll keep you updated...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Peregrine Falcons released at Rock City

Hello,

The two young male Peregrine Falcons were released at Rock City this morning (7/21/14). They were named Orville and Wilbur via Rock City's Facebook page. Yesterday evening, we put Federal leg bands and radio transmitters on both birds to aid in tracking after release. The release box door was opened before dawn and by 6:20 or so, Wilbur emerged from the box, exercised his wings and took off. He flew to the south of the release site and found a safe tree. Orville hopped out on the door ledge next, flapped his wings, hopped down to the rock cliff below for some more exercise and then took off; much to everyone's delight, flew right out in front of the cliff where everyone was gathered. He landed in a tree near Rock City's pavilion. He was later seen briefly soaring the ridge in front of Rock City and soon caught a small thermal where he was joined by about two dozen Chimney Swifts. He later landed in a nearby tree. Our local NBC station, Channel 3, sent a crew to cover the event. Here is some footage taken by them http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/26068167/peregrine-falcons-released-from-rock-city-live-on-channel-3
We hope the brothers will stick around for a few weeks and maybe one (or both) will return to the area to nest. We'l keep you posted.

John and Dale

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Peregrine Falcons arrive for later release

Hello,

Yesterday, we received two young male Peregrine Falcons from Falcon Breeder Andy Kramer of Hastings, Minnesota. The birds were captive-hatched on June 6, 2014. They were placed in our hack box at Rock City in a cooperative effort between Wings to Soar and See Rock City, Inc. These brothers will be the 8th and 9th Peregrines to be released on Lookout Mountain since 2005. It is our hope that one day one of the young birds we release will  return to the vicinity and re-establish the Peregrine Falcon as a breeding bird
in the Chattanooga area. We'll keep you updated on their progress.

By the way, we are still at Rock City Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day. Our shows times are 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 and 4:30 EDT. We are booking programs for the Fall through early Spring. If interested, please e-mail us at s.o.a.r.south@hotmail.com or call 423-605-8908. Thanks!

Dale and John

Friday, April 25, 2014

upcoming programs-May 2014

Hello:

We have a few upcoming programs in May. First up is Dunbar Cave State Park in Clarksville, Tennessee on May 10th. We are there for their annual Spring Fling http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/dunbar-cave
We have programs at 10:00 and 12:40 CDT. The following day we will be at Russell Cave National Monument http://www.nps.gov/ruca/index.htm near Stevenson, Alabama. Our program will be be at 2:00 CDT. On May 23rd we return for our 10th season of Rock City Raptors http://www.seerockcity.com/pages/Rock-City-Raptors/ Our programs this year are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. Come on up to the "Rock" and see us this year. We'll have a few new birds in our presentations this year including a Great Horned Owl and a Peregrine Falcon. If you get a chance, come by a catch one of our shows. We are scheduling programs for the Fall and Winter. If interested, e-mail us at s.o.a.r.south@hotmail.com or call 423-605-8917 or 706-657-3278. Thanks!

John and Dale
www.soarsouth.org