Conservation

VIRTUAL Raptors and Riesling

American Kestrel. Photo: Kristen Mauzy / Audubon Photography Awards

Soar with us from the comfort of your home! Join us for a virtual celebration of Wildlife and Conservation in the Northwest Corner.

Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 5 - 6 p.m.

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

This year, you can once again join us for a lively virtual visit with staff, raptors, and special guests, on May 30th. Get a peek behind the scenes, hear inside stories about our wildlife patients and resident birds, and help us celebrate the release of one or more recovered raptors back to its wild home! (We also hope to see you at aviary tours later in the season.)

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

IF YOU HAVE SIGNED UP FOR RAPTORS AND RIESLING, WATCH YOUR EMAIL FOR A MESSAGE THE WEEK OF THE EVENT. The email will include a link to the online event, via Zoom. No need to sign up for a Zoom account, just click the Zoom meeting link in your email.

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!—Over $2,500
  • Golden Eagle—$2,500
  • Barred Owl—$1,000
  • Red-Tailed Hawk—$800
  • Peregrine Falcon—$550
  • American Kestrel—$250
  • "My Favorite Bird"—$5 to $249

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

Questions: email raptorsandriesling@audubon.org or call 860-364-0520 x120

Thank You to Our Generous 2021 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 6-17-21)

*Sky's the Limit! - Over $2500

  • Dinny & Ed Greene

*Golden Eagle - $2500

  • Susan & John Allen
  • Alexandra & Fred Peters

*Barred Owl - $1000

  • Hallingby Family Foundation
  • Jane Keiter
  • Deborah & David Moore
  • Jane Strong & John Brett
  • Kathryn & Bruce Taylor

*Red-Tailed Hawk - $800

*Peregrine Falcon - $550

  • Lisa Bachmann
  • Lucy Commoner & Richard Berry
  • Lorna & Dan Edmundson
  • Liz Faulkner & Walter Brett
  • Audrey & Ed Ferman
  • Mara Dana Fizdale
  • Gerald Freedman
  • Andrea & Mary Ellen Geisser
  • Elyse Harney (Elyse Harney Real Estate)
  • Hathaway Family Foundation
  • Elaine & Lou Hecht
  • Michele Kalish
  • Claudia & Steve Malley
  • Peggy & Oscar Martinez
  • Robert Maxwell
  • Emily Nissley
  • Ellen Petersen
  • Nancy & Chris Roberts
  • Ileene Smith & Howard Sobel
  • Cynthia & Milo Walsh
  • Josephine Wright
  • Erica & Rupert Wyatt (Dragonfarm, Inc.)
  • Nancy Zannini and Chris Roberts

American Kestrel - $250

  • Patricia & Thomas Barry
  • Barbara M. & Mathew J. Berrell
  • Cary Bluhm
  • Alan Capelle & Matthew Morningstar
  • Jill Drew
  • John Green
  • Adelaide & William Harris
  • Caroline Herrick & Ted Sands
  • Ed Herrington
  • Amy Jedlicka
  • Graham Klemm & Cody O'Kelly
  • Roxanna Laughlin
  • Vicki & Jack Lynch
  • Reed & Stephen Minor
  • Sarah & Thomas Morrison
  • Janet & David Offensend
  • Karen Pattist
  • Victoria & Michael Peschel
  • Cristin & David Rich
  • Sandy Elson Slemmer
  • Nancy Stoer
  • Valerie Von Volz
  • Arete Warren
  • Hester & Charles Weeden
  • Charles Wright

Additional Event Sponsors

  • Catherine Antonelli
  • Helena Barnes "Downy Woodpecker"
  • Kate & Rick Beatty
  • Evelyn Bhumgara "Gray Catbird"
  • Nancy & Robert Bird
  • Evelyn & Thomas Blagden "Eastern Bluebird"
  • Barbara & Lee Collins
  • Monica Connor "Gray Catbird"
  • Marcia Cooper & Preston Gumberich
  • Betsy Craggs
  • Krystyana Czeiner
  • Laurie Fendrich
  • Donna Hansen
  • Abigail Happy Smith & Peter Bolton Hanby "Common Raven"
  • Francoise Kelz "American Robin"
  • Claudia Lefferts & Pieter Cayne
  • Jaime & Martine Longhi "Healthy Birds"
  • Lyn & Skip Mattoon
  • Kathryn McAdams
  • Gloria Miller & Macey Levin
  • Leslie & Nicholas Moore
  • Marnie & Fritz Mueller
  • Grace Noyes
  • Ann Orsillo
  • Amber Ott
  • Birgitt Pajarola
  • Catherine Paton
  • Lizbeth Piel
  • Zellene Sandler
  • Elizabeth & Edward Tyburski
  • Cynthia Vannoy & John Baroody
  • Jean Vitalis "Sandhill Crane"
  • David Wilcox
  • Joanne Wojtusiak
  • Charles Woodward
  • James Young/Sharon Auto Body Inc.

*Members of the Soaring Wings Society

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