Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Peregrines Lewis and Clark released


Lewis and Clark were released Monday morning. The hack box was opened at 5:55 a.m and by 6:20, both had left the box and headed around the corner to the south. A little over an hour later, I saw one of the falcons with its escorts of about five crows. Jeff Raabe of Rock City is going to set up a wildlife camera to see if he can get some photos of the falcons as they come back to the hack box for food. Maybe in a few years, one of the brothers will come back to the area to set up a nest territory! Thanks to Rock City for their continued support of this restoration project! Thanks to Ray Helman for coming out to document the release!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Falcon Release Delayed


We have decided to wait until Monday, June 13th, to release the Peregrine Falcons. We placed US Fish and Wildlife Service leg bands on them this past Monday and checked their feather growth. The primary feathers (the main flight feathers) were not fully grown. They will be by next Monday and we expect them to fly away in fine fashion. We'll keep you updated on their progress.

Dale and John

Wings To Soar
be sure to view the Live Feed from the release box at:

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Peregrine Falcons

Hello Everyone,

We currently have two Peregrine Falcons in our hack box at Rock City.
 We received them last Friday, May 27th, from Andy Kramer of Hastings, Minnesota. Andy has supplied us with young Peregrines for our release project for several years. The two yet un-named brothers, are now 36 days old. We hope to release them next Wednesday, June 8th. The two will be numbers 11 and 12 falcons that we have released at the "Rock" in hopes to restore Peregrines in the Chattanooga/NW Georgia area. Rock City has a live feed video from the hack box, so one may view them if you wish. The video is delayed by about five seconds, so the images look rather robotic. To see the Live Feed go here:

Speaking of Rock City, we are now in our second week of our 12th season of Rock City Raptors. Showtimes are Friday-Sunday at 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 and 4:30 EST. Come on up to the cool mountaintop and see us at See Rock City. By the way, thanks to Ray Helman for the great photo!

Dale and John

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Upcoming Program and Rock City


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 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
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

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… 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

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 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) 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

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Upcoming Programs-February 2016


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…/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 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  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 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

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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


We have our last public program of the year at Stephen C. Foster State Park near Fargo, Georgia 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 Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

Dale and John

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 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 This is a truly spectacular place about 25 miles SE of Asheville (near Bat 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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Upcoming Programs


We have several programs coming up this Spring. The first is in Memphis at the Grove at Red Oak Lake 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 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 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 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  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
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.


Dale and John

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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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

The following weekend on January 31st, we motor up to legendary Reelfoot Lake State Park near Tiptonville, Tennessee for their annual Eagle Festival 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 or call 423-605-8917. Thanks!

Dale and John

Sunday, September 07, 2014

final Peregrine update and upcoming shows


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 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 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 Thanks!
Dale and John

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Finally, another Peregrine update


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