Mountain Wildlife Days

Wings to Soar

Historical Info Only

One of the Southeast’ premier raptors presentations, “Wings to Soar”, will bring their birds of prey to the Sapphire Valley Community Center on Tuesday May 20 at 7 pm for an entertaining and informative program for all ages.

John Stokes and Dale Kernahan, a dynamic twosome who are professional presenters at Rock City during the summer, late spring and early fall;  will provide a “fun filled evening” designed to learn more about nature and a variety of birds of prey.   

Their mission is “to thrill the bejeebers out of the audience” by combining music, video and oh yes, live Birds of Prey will fly right over the audience giving a whole new meaning to the phase “Fly By”.  This incredible experience will definitely inspire long after it’s over, hopefully, “planting a seed that will grow into a new connection to the natural world”.

Long associated with the “Eagle Lady”, Doris Mager, both John and Dale are creating their own legacy as exceptional presenters of “Wings to Soar”.  They have been deeply involved in rehabilitation of a variety of birds of prey, including an American Bald Eagle who lost a wing and is now involved in their educational programs.   Also, restoration of Peregrine Falcons has been a cooperative endeavor with Rock City where seven captive hatched falcons who were released into the wild.  

“Wings to Soar’s” mission is to “create awareness about the vital role Bird of Prey play in the natural world. Through their exiting outreach programs, they strive to take environmental education to new heights and give audiences a unique opportunity to view and interact with a variety of Birds of Prey, up close”.

This “FREE” event is provided for all adults and children in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Toxaway and surrounding areas.  It is a part of Mountain Wildlife Days Outreach and being promoted by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society and the Sapphire Valley Master Association.  It is funded by a wildlife grant from Wild South.

John Edwards, Director of Mountain Wildlife Days

Mountain Wildlife Outreach Coordinator………828-743-9648