Meet a few birds of prey and throw atlatls at Whitman Mission


On Saturday 1-3 p.m., Blue Mountain Wildlife is bringing live birds of prey to Whitman Mission National Historic Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road.

This popular event includes owls, falcons and maybe even an eagle or two. There will be an opportunity to get a close-up view of these birds. They will be displayed at the front of the Visitor Center.

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

From 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Whitman Mission staff will teach visitors how to use an atlatl, an ancient spear thrower. All ages are welcome. A cardboard box will replace a deer as the target, but the atlatls that will be used are similar to ones hunter-gathers stalked their prey with in the past. Atlatls were used worldwide. It is a simple lever used to throw a spear farther and harder. While the bow and arrow replaced the atlatl in many places, some groups continued to use it. It allowed hunters to take down larger, more dangerous animals.

Whitman Mission is open seven days a week. The Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with the park grounds open until dark. Every morning there is a ranger led walk at 11:15 a.m. The entrance fee is $3 for adults; children under 16 are free. Senior passes and other federal passes are honored. For more information, call 509-529-2761 or visit


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