March 2015 Monthly Program: Birds of Prey – Owls

March 23, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Church
1758 10th Street North
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Larry Boutelle

Bring your camera! Aimee Pico and Darlene Brockman will bring several birds of prey to show us in their presentation on March 23. Aimee and her husband, Matthew Pico, started the Lake Milton Raptor Center in 2001 in Ohio as a location for injured birds. From that it developed into a center specializing in educating the public about raptors. In 2010 the Center was moved to Michigan. Although the Center operates as a rehabilitation center for all birds, its primary mission continues to be educating the public about raptors. Aimee holds a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and extensive training in the care, training, and rehabilitation of raptors and other species of birds. Her passion for birds started at a very young age, and she has lived and worked with avian species for the past 20 years. She is also a licensed falconer and currently hunts with Harris’ Hawks. The Raptor Center is a non-profit organization, has no paid staff, only very committed volunteers. See their website at
Darlene Brockman joins her daughter, Aimee, to share her passion and knowledge of owls as the two share their knowledge and fascination with birds of prey and owls in particular.
Birds involved in the program will be from the Center’s “permanent residents” and will give us a face-to-face opportunity to learn of their lives and interests. Because there will be several birds at the program, this will be a particularly good program to include children. Please plan to bring some guests.
“Birds of Prey” will be presented on Monday, March 23, at People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. The program will start at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments (please bring your own coffee/tea mug) at 7 PM. Guests and the general public are welcome. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrances to the building.