Raptors to be on display at Whitman Mission

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Blue Mountain Wildlife brings their live birds of prey to the Whitman Mission, 328 Whitman Mission Road, 1-4 p.m. Saturday

There will be owls, falcons, maybe even an eagle or two. This is an opportunity to get a close-up view of these animals.

Blue Mountain Wildlife is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose purpose is to aid orphaned, sick, or injured wildlife, primarily birds of prey. The group is also involved in community education. Birds that cannot be returned to the wild often find a second career doing educational programs.

From 1-4 p.m. Sunday, visitors can play with old-fashioned toys, such as hoop and sticks, cup and balls and buzz saws. These were games children played during the era when the Mission was built. This is the last ranger-led program for the summer.

Sunday marks the end of the summer season at Whitman Mission. On Monday, the Visitor Center returns to its normal hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. Park grounds are open until dark. Whitman Mission will be open Labor Day weekend.

Park fees are $3 for adults, $5 for a family and free for children under 16. An annual pass good for the whole family is $10. Whitman Mission is located 7 miles west of Walla Walla off U.S. Highway 12.

Visitor information may be obtained any time by calling 509-529-2761 or by visiting the park website at www.nps.gov/whmi.

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