Popular 'Wildife Live' returns for summer

June 9, 2017 - 3:03pm

Summer’s in the air this week at the Oregon Zoo, as Wildlife Live presented by Portland General Electric returns for the season on June 10. The popular free-flying bird show features lighthearted humor, a conservation theme and gracefully soaring raptors that glide right over visitors’ heads.

In “Birds of the World,” 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, visitors learn how birds from all over the globe adapt to their habitats as they fly overhead on the central lawn. Sonora the Harris hawk snags treats straight out of the air, Oshi the toucan shows off his large and colorful bill, and Clyde the turkey vulture represents as part of nature’s all-important cleanup crew.

And at noon daily, “Scale Tales” offers a chance to meet one of the zoo’s boa constrictors and learn how important snakes and other reptiles are to the environment.

Aimed at inspiring viewers to create a better future for wildlife, the program also provides ways for audience members to participate in wildlife conservation.

“We hope to raise awareness about the importance of our everyday choices,” said curator Tanya Paul, who oversees the zoo’s ambassador animal programs. “Working together, we have the ability to positively impact wildlife at home and around the world.”

Wildlife Live presented by Portland General Electric runs daily through Sept. 5, except on concert days. All shows are weather dependent.

Portland General Electric, the No. 1 provider of renewable power in the country, has been a supporter of the zoo’s Wildlife Live shows since 1986. Committed to protecting Oregon’s wildlife and their habitat, PGE has implemented a special avian plan to protect birds near electrical equipment. PGE bucket trucks have been used to help save eagle nests, and PGE wildlife biologists monitor raptor populations throughout most of Jefferson County, gathering data annually on bald eagle and golden eagle nests. To learn more, visit portlandgeneral.com.