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Jan 9, 2014 6:17 PM by MELISSA CANONE

9th Annual Eagle Expo and More

Visitors, locals, and students will have the opportunity to see live birds of prey up close when WINGS to SOAR comes to Morgan City from February 20 - 22, 2014, as part of the 9th Annual Eagle Expo and More events.

The WINGS to SOAR presentation by John and Dale Stokes will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm. on Thursday, February 20th at the Patterson Civic Center. Private schools, parochial schools and home schooled students will have the opportunity to attend a WINGS to SOAR presentation, Wednesday, February 19th at the Patterson Civic Center at 10 am. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required. WINGS to SOAR will also visit the following schools: Franklin Junior High, Morgan City Junior High, Berwick Junior High, and Patterson Junior High.

WINGS to SOAR is a non-profit birds of prey environmental education organization founded by John and Dale Stokes. Their mission is to educate people about the magnificent birds of prey (or raptors) of America. They do this by bringing a variety of live birds of prey to locations for fun and informative presentations. Presentations feature raptors such as a Falcon, Hawk, Owl, Black Vulture and a Bald Eagle, which many of the birds are free flying for an unforgettable "close encounter"!

Dale and John Stokes are husband and wife, teaming together to educate adults and children in schools, classrooms, gymnasiums, boardrooms, pavilions and state parks. Both were once employed by The American Eagle Foundation, where John, at one time, was in charge of the captive breeding program.

The public is invited to see and have a chance to interact with these magnificent animals during their presentation on Thursday, February 20th at the Patterson Civic Center. Admission fee is $5 per person; children 17 and under free with school I.D.

For more information, contact the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau at 985-395-4905, visit, or email


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