Raptors and Riesling 2022

American Kestrel. Photo: Kristen Mauzy / Audubon Photography Awards

This event has concluded. Thank you to those who joined us in-person, and many special thanks to our event sponsors listed below!

Soar with us in-person once again! Join us for a celebration of Wildlife and Conservation in the Northwest Corner.

Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 5 - 7 p.m.

Please check here for updates about this event as the date approaches. Proof of vaccination is required for this event and can be emailed in advance to

Every May, Sharon Audubon Center welcomes you to soar with the birds at Raptors and Riesling, celebrating our wildlife rehabilitation and conservation efforts.

After a two-year “virtual” hiatus, we’re planning a live, open-air Raptors and Riesling fundraiser again.  We invite you to sponsor and/or attend this joyful event - good food, good wine, good company, and the regal presence of our permanent resident raptors.  We may even have the chance to celebrate the release of one or more recovered raptors back to its wild home!

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic at the Sharon Audubon Center is the only staffed facility in Northwest Connecticut that cares for injured and orphaned wildlife. Each year, your support helps Sharon Audubon Center care for hundreds of bird patients and the habitats they depend on. Raptors and Riesling is a significant part of our annual budget. Thank you for your generosity and shared dedication to nature!

Register Here!

Sponsorship Levels

As a sponsor participant of this year's virtual celebration, you will be recognized on our online coverage of Raptors and Riesling. All gifts to our Virtual Raptors and Riesling event are 100% tax-deductible and will support conservation, education, and wildlife rehabilitation at Sharon Audubon Center.

  • Sky’s the Limit!— $5,000 or above
  • Golden Eagle—$2,500
  • Barred Owl—$1,000
  • Red-Tailed Hawk—$800
  • Peregrine Falcon—$550
  • American Kestrel—$250
  • Individual Tickets—$50 

Sponsorships at $550 or more include membership to the Soaring Wings Society with special thanks and access to exclusive events.

Questions: email or call 860-364-0520 x120

Thank You to Our Generous 2022 Sponsors

It’s never too late to become a sponsor! Early sign-up will give you a spot here on the event web page, but your sponsorship is welcome up to the day of the event.

(Sponsor list last updated 3/31/22)

*Sky's the Limit! - Over $2,500

Dinny and Ed Greene

*Golden Eagle - $2,500

​Susan and John Allen
Joseph Ellis Foundation
Hilda Frost and Arn Neis
Alexandra and Fred Peters

*Barred Owl - $1,000

Jane Strong and John Brett
Jane and Robert Keiter
Marianne Smith and Kevin McSherry
Janet and David Offensend
Kathryn and Bruce Taylor

*Red-Tailed Hawk - $800

Michele Sherman-Kalish and Geoffrey Kalish
Cyntha Walsh and Rene Milo

*Peregrine Falcon - $550

Anne Bowen
Terri and Norman Buchan
Lorna and Dan Edmundson
Audrey and Ed Ferman
Mara Fizdale
Gerry Freedman
Mary Ellen and Andrea Geisser
Nancy and David Hathaway
Elaine and Lou Hecht
Cheryl Heller
Dana Holman and Margorie Fraticelli
Elizabeth and John Isler
Fa and Roger Liddell
Peggy and Oscar Martinez
Carolyn and Robert Mattoon
Ellen Petersen
Margie Purnell
Mary Robertson
Ileene Smith and Howard Sobel
John H. Wallace
Mavis and Charles Wright

American Kestrel - $250

Janet Accardo
Bill Arnold and Stephanie Wargo
Patricia and Thomas Barry
Claudia Cayne and Pieter Lefferts
Annette and Christopher Clow
BZ Coords
Victoria Davidson and Michael Peschel
Margaret Douglas-Hamilton
Ingrid and Gerald Fields
Katherine and Jacob Fricker
John Green
Adelaide and William Harris
Caroline Herrick and Ted Sands
Ed Herrington, Inc.
Pamela Jarvis
Amy Jedlicka
Debby and Bart Jones
Nora Jordan and Allen Reiser
Angela and Thomas Keesee
Klemm Real Estate
Carla Herman Landy
Denise LaPerierre
Roxana Laughlin
Raymond Learsy
Ben Loehnen and John Sare
Peter Lombardo
Vicki and Jack Lynch
Sarah and Tom Morrison
Martha and Michael Nesbitt
Grace Noyes
Suzanne and David Oliver
Emilie and Joe Pryor
Anne and Henry Putzel
Carol and Larry Rand III
Sandy and David Slemmer
Mary Anne Toppan
Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Vietor
Jean Vitalis
Joel Weber
Jo Wright
Barbara Zucker-Pinchoff and Barry Pinchoff

Additional Event Sponsors

Ginny Potter

Many thanks to Ira Smith of Kent Wine & Spirit for his generous support of Raptors and Riesling.

Many thanks to The Avangrid Foundation for their generous support of our wildlife rehab program.

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