EASTON — The Waterfowl Festival opens this weekend with a new Raptor Program, the “Wings Over America” from the Earth Conservation Corps. This exhibit will be located behind the Easton Middle School venue. Visit with owls, falcons, eagles and other birds of prey. Raptor Ambassadors will be on hand throughout the Festival to provide flight demonstrations and give Festival-goers a chance to meet several of the birds, including Petunia, Puff Daddy and Mr. Hoots, the male Eurasian eagle-owl. Flight demonstrations will be at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. all three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) of the show.

Fun for future marine biologists, kids will enjoy the Fishmobile, a traveling marine science program from Phillips Wharf Environmental Center in Tilghman Island that teaches kids and adults the environmental issues imposed on the Chesapeake Bay and its inhabitants. Touch or hold horseshoe crabs and diamondback terrapins, learn about oysters and how they help the Bay, examine a blue crab and explore much more. The Fishmobile will also be open throughout the weekend at the EMS venue.

“We are all about showcasing the importance of healthy habitats all around the Chesapeake because they support the waterfowl we love,” says the committee for the Waterfowl Festival, “these lands, waters, forests and marshes support other critters, too.” Come enjoy and learn the amazing abilities of many kinds of feathered, finned and furry friends this year.

Another favorite, for kids of all ages, the North American Diving Dogs contest will be held at the Sportsman’s Pavilion, pups of any kind can even jump with the new “Try-Its” platform. Festival tickets are required for this event, but kids under ten are free. Trials will be ongoing, all three days, check the schedule for more information at https://www.waterfowlfestival.org/divingdogs/. As always, the Retrievers will be wowing the crowd at the Bay Street Ponds location (accessible only by bus or foot), with demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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