Jets may not be the only wings taking flight at the Jackson Hole Airport this summer. The Teton Raptor Center, an aviation rehabilitation facility that cares for over 130 birds each year, announced this week an education program with the airport that will introduce visitors to a variety of owls, hawks and other birds of prey.
Each Saturday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, educators with the Raptor Center will be present the birds in the baggage claim area. Additionally, on Friday mornings an “avian ambassador” will be available in the departure lounge to provide information about the region’s ecosystem.
“We are very excited to bring this program to JAC and hope that it will give airport users an introduction to wildlife safety and education while they are visiting this amazing ecosystem,” Airport Director Jim Elwood told Buckrail, a local news service.
Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone region boast one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, including an abundance of birds of prey. The Flights and Feathers program is intended to help build awareness about local wildlife with visitors.
“Jackson Hole Airport may be small—boasting a grand total of nine gates—but the impression it makes sure is mighty,” the report notes. “Whether you’re en route to the rodeo or the slopes, Jackson Hole’s airport is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey.”
Recent data show a 58 percent increase in activity at the Jackson Hole Airport over the same period a year earlier. Year to date, passenger numbers have increased 21% over record-breaking 2018.
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