You may have heard about the Waterman Conservation Education Center but do you know what they are all about? Its main site is located at 403 Hilton Road in Apalachin and its mission is to promote conservation education and environmental literacy.

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They have an interpretive center with a museum, live animal residents, classroom space, and more open to the public. They are open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sunday.

Raptor Show At The Waterman Center

Speaking of live animals, "The Hawk" and other raptors are coming back to the Waterman Center for the first time since 2019. Master falconer and bird of prey expert, Jonathan Wood will have exotic hawks, falcons, owls, and Uncle Sam the bald eagle.

Wood will entertain and inform some interesting facts and tell funny stories about raptor behavior and conservation. He'll even show the bird's majestic flight just a few feet above everybody's head.

There will be three shows on Saturday, May 7th at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. During these three shows, one young member from the audience will have the chance to feed Uncle Sam. By the way, Uncle Sam the bald eagle was recognized by the Library of Congress as America's most famous bald eagle in 2017.

Here is your chance to see these meat-eating dinosaur cousins up close and personal. The Waterman Conservation Center has a rich history and you can read all about it here.

By the way, if you are looking for some places to hike in the Southern Tier, Waterman has six different trails that you can try for yourself.

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