Another Successful Harpy Eagle Day Celebration
Marta Curti— 4 June 2008 — in Neotropical Environmental Education Program Share
During the months that led up to the celebration, everyone was busy giving radio and television interviews, making flyers and generally getting the message out about this special day. All of this effort in advertisement paid off, as almost 6,000 people showed up for the event (almost 2,000 more people than last year). As in past years, the highlight of the event was the flight of a live Harpy Eagle, named Luigi. Luigi hatched in captivity as part of The Peregrine Fund’s captive breeding program. He serves as an ambassador for his species and visits local schools and communities to help teach about the importance of conserving Harpy Eagles. For most of the event’s visitors, this was the only chance they had to be able to witness the flight of such a large and majestic bird.
The day’s events also featured traditional dance performances, a puppet show, arts and crafts activities, and for the first time ever, a climbing wall that was a big hit with the kids!
Many other organizations participated in this event such as Amigos Patronato del Águila Arpía (who also helped organize the fair), Panama’s Ministry of Education, the Ecological Police, Mission: Harpy Eagle, Piggy Press Books, Metropolitan Nature Park, Fundación Avifauna, the Audubon Society of Panama and ANAM (Autoridad Nacional del Medio Ambiente). It is our hope that through events such as these, word will spread about the importance of protecting Harpy Eagles, raptors, and all of our natural resources, and that the publicity surrounding the festival will help generate more local interest in conservation and in wildlife protection.
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