Wind Over Wings birds to visit Farmington

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FARMINGTON — The Western Maine Audubon will present “Wind Over Wings,” a wildlife education program, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the Roberts Learning Center, Room C23, University of Maine in Farmington.

Hope Douglas, center founder, will present four live birds: a red-shouldered hawk, a great horned owl, a common raven and an eastern screech owl.

Wind Over Wings is a nonprofit, wildlife educational center featuring birds that are unable to be released back to their natural environment due to injury.

Wind Over Wings is dedicated to cultivating curiosity, responsibility and appreciation of wildlife by providing a personal connection with wildlife that will lead to responsible stewardship of the environment. Each bird is an individual and each has a story to tell.

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Educational programs are designed to be age-appropriate, humorous and inspiring.

Wind Over Wings relocated to Maine from Connecticut. Staff present the birds to schools, libraries, clubs and family reunions. The inspiration for the beginning of Wind Over Wings came from a blind red-tailed hawk from the Naples Nature Conservancy.

Douglas made a decision that the East Coast needed a bird sanctuary where people could experience the proximity of other birds such as the hawk.

The name Wind Over Wings came while Douglas was walking along the shore in Old Saybrook, Conn. As a pair of mute swans flew overhead, she thought the sound of wind over wings was powerful.

The program is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend.

Hope Douglas holds a bald eagle during a presentation of “Wind Over Wings.” She will be featured on May 10 in Farmington. 

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