Get up close to birds of prey at Southeast Regional Library

Liberty Wildlife volunteer Joe Miller holds a Bald Eagle, an education bird. (Liberty Wildlife)

Get your questions about birds of prey answered when Liberty Wildlife brings live raptors to Desert Rivers Audubon Society’s 7-9 p.m. March 12 program.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Southeast Regional Library at Greenfield and Guadalupe Roads in Gilbert. Children get the front-row seats at this popular program.

Desert Rivers’ mobile bookstore, offering the latest birding guides and other nature books, opens at 6:30 p.m.

Liberty Wildlife is a rehabilitation center caring for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife. On the Salt River near downtown Phoenix, Liberty’s medical staff and volunteers care for avian, reptile, amphibian and small mammal species. The organization specializes in raptors and in endangered species such as the California Condor, according to a release.

“Birds that cannot be released back into the wild become education birds. At presentations such as the March 12 event, audiences experience up-close birds normally seen soaring far overhead. We also learn from their stories to help keep other birds safe,” according to the release.

Monthly Speaker Series programs are held 7-9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, September through April, at the Southeast Regional Library. Admission is free.

The Desert Rivers Audubon Society provides environmental education and conservation opportunities to valley residents, and advocates for the environment. Go to desertriversaudubon.org.

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