BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Western New Yorkers rarely get a chance inside the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center in East Aurora. On Saturday, the facility will open the gates once again and host the second weekend of it’s annual Wild Renn Fest celebration.
“This is a great opportunity to see what a beautiful treasure Hawk Creek is,” Animal Expert Jarod Miller told News 4. “In addition to the thousands of education programs over the years that they’ve conducted locally, they also take animals that have been injured and rehabilitate them. Give them a second chance, and they get to become beautiful ambassadors that we get to see up close.”
One of those animals, a hawk named Talon, visited News 4 with his handler, Tayna. “He was injured in the wild, and he has permanent tendon damage in his right leg. He can no longer kill prey, so he was actually starving out in the wild. Now he’s with us as an ambassador, and because his wings aren’t injured, like many of our birds, he’s able to fly for our demonstrations and for our shows.”
You can see Talon and his friends at Hawk Creek in action Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 4pm. You can learn more at www.wildrennfest.org.