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On a Wing: Family Festival in Central Park (slide show)

Kids flocked to Belvedere Castle in Central Park on Saturday, May 18, to learn about (and meet) such feathered friends as owls, raptors and even ravens.

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

Photograph: Fiora Watts

On a Wing: Family Festival at Belvedere Castle

Each year at this time, Central Park welcomes back those winged inhabitants that have spent the winter in warmer climes, and on Saturday, May 18, it invited families to celebrate their return with its On a Wing: Family Festival. Kids were introduced to the likes of hawks, owls (barred, barn and horned varieties, to name a few), falcons and ravens by staff naturalists, who taught them about the birds' physical characteristics, ways of life and behaviors. Children also had the opportunity to study feathers and flight and get busy on art and craft projects at the fest, which lasted all afternoon. Click through our pics, and if you're inspired, head to Belvedere Castle yourselves on your next trip to Central Park, borrow a nature kit and see how many bird species you can spy in the castle's pastoral dominion.


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