Since 2006, the Schlitz Audubon Raptor Program has entertained and educated fairgoers at Wisconsin State Fair. A variety of birds participate in four daily presentations and three meet & greet sessions at Energy Park, thanks to the generosity of We Energies. Our committed raptor volunteers are also instrumental in helping people experience these awesome birds and the wildness they represent.
Conservation Stars of Wisconsin State Fair
Fairgoers are awestruck by our flight demonstrations. Turkey Vultures are often glimpsed when high in the clouds, but seeing Tallulah’s six-foot wingspan when she flies by puts these birds’ size and majesty into perspective. The crowd’s excitement can be felt throughout We Energies Energy Park.
Our fast-paced, interactive, and entertaining programs share how birds of prey are integral to the ecosystem. We educate about how the Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle species have been brought back from the brink of extinction, sound concern for recent changes birds face in the environment, and highlight what individuals can do in their own backyards to help big and small birds alike. Attendees come face to face with owls and are able to discover the astonishing strength of an egg or compare their grip strength to that of an eagle.
Meet Raptors Throughout the Day
Additional meet & greet opportunities take place throughout the day, with smaller birds such as Malary, our female American Kestrel, out in our display area. Inquisitive visitors of all ages are able to stand close and see their colors more clearly, observe the shape of their feet and talons, and if lucky, get to hear birds chirp or trill.
Stop by to experience these majestic birds during the 11 days of Wisconsin State Fair inside of Energy Park. Our programs take place at 9:00am, 10:30am, Noon, and 1:30pm daily. We hope to see you between Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 11!