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Water, Wings and Wildlife

September 27, 2014

Water Wings and Wildlife

Make some tracks and join the Flint RiverQuarium Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., for a celebration of all creatures great and small at the Water, Wings and Wildlife Festival. Whether wet and scaly, feathered, slimy or furry, we want to celebrate all of the amazing wild animals that fill our beautiful world. You can enjoy birds of prey and reptile shows, fish in our fountain, take a SCUBA lesson in our Blue Hole and learn more about Planet Earth from some friendly puppets! Regular admission rates apply. For more detailed information, see the list of activities below.

Wild Wings Birds of Prey Show

Presenter:  Winged Ambassadors

Show Times: 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:  RiverQuarium Plaza

In fulfillment of a life-long dream shared by two very close friends, Dale Arrowood and Ed Carswell, Winged Ambassadors was founded with a mission to promote environmental conservation, specifically protection for the wildlife that we share the earth with, through a uniquely designed program of education.  Programs featuring some of the very Birds of Prey responsible for long ago capturing the fascinations of those two friends have now provided thousands of people in many different communities the rare and exhilarating opportunity of coming face-to-face with these breathtaking animals as they learn more about them and the complex, important roles they play in supporting the geographical ecosystems on which we all rely.

Wild Wings 

Gator Adventure

Presenter: Flavio Morrissiey

Show Times: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free with Admission

Where: Flint RiverQuarium Plaza

Orlando-based “gator wranglers” will be on-site to take you deep into the life of our largest North American reptilian, the American Alligator. You will be introduced to these powerful apex predators and learn why these animals are at the top of the food chain! Don’t get caught too close to these creatures, you might become bait!

 Gator Adventure

Planet Earth, Inc. Puppet Show

Presenter:  Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy”

Show Times: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Cost:  Free with Admission

Where:  Flint River Room

Atlanta-based puppeteer, Lee Bryan or "That Puppet Guy‚" is a nationally recognized touring artist who combines live vocal characterizations and songs with innovative puppet designs for wholesome family entertainment. Constantly seeking to educate his audiences in the art of puppetry, Lee's original stories and clever adaptations of classic tales often incorporate multiple styles of puppets which are demonstrated in his very popular behind-the-scenes demonstration following each solo performance.

Puppet Show 

Cold Blooded Reptile Show

Presenter: Chehaw

Show Times: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Cost:  Free with Admission

Where:  Imagination Theater

Chehaw’s expert staff will provide a unique opportunity to “get up close and personal” to some of their park animals. These out of the ordinary experiences should make an impression with adults and children of all ages. This should be a very WILD and entertaining program!  

 Cold Blooded

Build Your Own Birdhouse

Presenter: Lowe’s Home Improvement

Times:  Ongoing, first-come, first-served

Cost:  $5.00 per birdhouse

Where:  RiverQuarium Plaza

If you are looking to give a bird a home, come out and build one. Lowe’s will provide all the supplies necessary for you to help a bird species of concern. You can also show off your artistic flare by painting your bird house as well!

 Cold Blooded

Fishing in the Fountain

Presenter: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Times: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Cost: Free with Admission

Where: Flint RiverQuarium’s outdoor fountain

There is something “fishy” going on out in the fountain. Your little angler can have big fun and get “hooked” on hand-eye coordination skills involving casting, throwing and targeting live catfish. Very knowledgeable fisheries biologists will be present to show your child the ropes on this National Hunting and Fishing Day. You’re guaranteed to have a “reel” good time.

Fountain Fishing 

Zoo in Space 

Presenter:  Jim Friese                                                                         

Show Times: 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Cost:  Free with Admission

Where:  Thronateeska Heritage Center’s Wetherbee Planetarium

Join Thronateeska Heritage Center’s staff Astronomer, Jim Friese. He will lead you through the night sky by talking about animal stars we have in space and their stories from Greek and Roman Mythology. Learn about constellations and how they are expressed in different cultures under the sky in the planetarium.

 Zoo in Space

Discover SCUBA

Presenter: Adventure Dive Center

Times: First-come, first served

Cost: $20 per person + Admission, call to register

Where: RiverQuarium Flint River Room 

Have you always wanted to know what it would be like to dive and see underwater creatures in a different light, but you have never been ready to take the plunge? Discover SCUBA is for you! Come on in our Blue Hole with our expert SCUBA certified professionals. They will guide you through the basic training skills, safety and equipment requirements that are necessary for a certification. You will not receive an actual SCUBA certification with this course.


Fly Fishing

Presenter: Todd Rogers with Orvis

Times: 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with Admission

Where: Riverfront Trail Flint River edge

With a good fly cast, anyone can begin to fish! Todd Rogers with Orvis will demonstrate various fly fishing techniques. There will be opportunities to learn about, try gear and practice casting. This is a good time for beginners to get a taste of fly fishing. Who knows, maybe you will take the “bait” and want to become a master of this craft. You can also sign up for an introductory class that will be held at a later date sometime in spring 2014.

 Fly Fishing

Booths in Plaza

  • Chehaw
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources Game Management
  • Georgia Forestry Commission
  • Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful
  • Lee County Code Enforcement
  • Water, Gas and Light 
  • Southwest Georgia Master Gardeners

Book Signing

  • Richard Marbury - Gopher Tortoise


  • Glenn Eames Wood Fired Pizza

Other Activities

  • Animal Encounters
  • Alligator Feedings
  • Dive Shows
  • Imagination Theater Movies
  • Interactive Children’s Activity Stations
  • Other Family Friendly Activities