Airborne raptors

Raptor Day!

The Arboretum at Flagstaff hosts Raptor Day from 10am - 3pm, Saturday, May 16th . This engaging event offers raptor programs featuring majestic free-flying hawks, falcons and owls and up-close views of our native birds of prey.

There will be opportunities to take a picture with an owl, learn from falconers and other raptor experts about the habits of our raptors and their role in sustaining our environment. Other fun and informative activities for the whole family will be available throughout the day!



10 am- Special Airborne Raptors Show

11 am- Falconry Lecture “How To Train Your Falcon”

12pm Special Airborne Raptors Show

1 pm Transmitter Hunt and Raptor Differences Lecture


2 pm Special Airborne Raptors Show


ALL - DAY: Children's Activities and raptors in the exhibit room


Throughout the Season: Admission to daily raptor shows is free with Arboretum entrance price.

Let your spirit soar as majestic birds of prey take flight in the inspirational and educational 'Airborne Raptors' show.

Soaring hawks, talking ravens, magnificent owls and many, many more amazing bird species are showcased in a highly interactive free flight program, designed to increase awareness and appreciation of the role that birds play in sustaining our environment.


This show features special species such as:

African Augur Buzzard
Harris Hawk
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Peregrine Falcon
Barbary Falcon
Saker Falcon
Gyr Falcon
Bare Eyed Cockatoo
Zebra Finch
African Corvid

Shows are daily (except Fridays) at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM (Please note that the Arboretum at Flagstaff is closed on Tuesdays).

Located at the Riparian Ramada; a place at the edge of a mountain meadow where you can relax with spectacular views of the majestic San Francisco Peaks.

* Free flight is weather dependent

Photo by Erika Tenney

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Photo (and top) by Dr. Mike Neubauer