Bird Club celebrates 50th with raptors

Bird Club celebrates 50th with raptors


Jonathan Wood holds Cody, one of the Raptor Project's eagles.
Jonathan Wood holds Cody, one of the Raptor Project’s eagles.
The Paskamanasett Bird Club will commemorate its 50th anniversary on Sunday, May 19,  with a display of avian raptors – hawks, falcons, eagles and owls. The presentation is free, and all are welcome. It will be held at the South Dartmouth YMCA, 276 Gulf Road, Dartmouth, at 2 p.m.

Jonathan Wood’s Raptor Project provides an outstanding array of birds of prey displayed in an exquisite natural habitat. The Raptor project has captivated audiences throughout the nation.

Raptor Project founders Jonathan and Susan Wood of New York’s Catskill Mountains, have assembled a traveling collection of feathered predators that is unrivaled in scope and size anywhere in the world. Jonathan Wood is a master falconer, wildlife rehabilitator, and raptor propagator, bringing unique insights, observations and humor to his shows.

Many of the birds in the Raptor Project have permanent handicaps and have been donated to his project by crowded wildlife centers around the country because they were unable to be re-introduced to the wild. Some faced euthanization and now have been tamed and trained to educate the public as ambassadors of their species and the environments they inhabit. Jonathan and Susan Wood and their staff operate the organization from a 14-acre private facility in the Catskill Mountains. All birds are housed, exercised and cared for in spacious, state-of-the-art aviaries.

Growing up in the National Seashore wilderness of Fire Island, Jonathan Wood was fascinated by birds from an early age. He became especially interested in falcons and the ancient sport of falconry, training his first falcon at age 12.

He is the founder and president of Raptor Project, Inc, training and caring for the largest traveling collection of birds of prey in the world, with raptors from every habitat on the planet.

This event is made possible by the United Way of Greater New Bedford Community Building Mini-Grants Program, “for which the Paskamansett Bird Club is very grateful.”