13th Annual Rockin’ with Raptors at the Boston Nature Center

The Massachusetts Audubon Society Boston Nature Center on Walk Hill Street in Mattapan held its annual “Rockin’ with Raptors” event Saturday, Sept 26.

The Boston Nature Center is at the crossroads of Mattapan, Roslindale and Jamaica Plain, and Jamaica Plain News was there to savor the fun afternoon.

The grounds of the Boston Nature Center was packed with neighborhood families Saturday afternoon.

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The grounds of the Boston Nature Center was packed with neighborhood families Saturday afternoon.

Dan Burton from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum explains the lifestyle of the great horned owl.

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Dan Burton from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum explains the lifestyle of the great horned owl.

The goats were on display to young and old.

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Goats from Locust Knoll Farm in Sterling, Mass., were on display to young and old. Susan Phinney explains their breed.

Birdhouse building is popular part of the day. Here, an Audubon Society volunteer helps a young craftsman.

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Birdhouse building is popular part of the day. Here, an Audubon Society volunteer helps a young craftsman.

Young Griffin Parker-Geller from West Roxbury proudly displays the birdhouse he just completed.

Young Griffin Parker-Geller from West Roxbury proudly displays the birdhouse he just completed.

Rachele Rosi Kessel talks about the Boston Food Forest Colaition, which has garden on the Boston Nature Center grounds. The coalition is part of the Egleston Community Orchard, directed by Orion Krugman of Egleston Square.

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Rachele Rosi Kessel talks about thr Boston Food Forest Coalition, which has garden on the Boston Nature Center grounds. The coalition is part of the Egleston Community Orchard, directed by Orion Krugman of Egleston Square.

Bikes Not Bombs from Jamaica Plain was there to help people with their bikes.

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Bikes Not Bombs from Jamaica Plain was there to help people with their bikes.

Boston Nature center Director Julie Brandlen (l) of Jamaica Plain says hello to the Kopec family from Quincy. Their son Joshua (who was checking out the police detail officer) attends day care in Hyde Park and comes to the Nature Center for programs.

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Boston Nature center Director Julie Brandlen (l) of Jamaica Plain says hello to the Kopec family from Quincy. Their son Joshua (who was checking out the police detail officer) attends day care in Hyde Park and he comes to the Nature Center for programs.

The Museum of Science brought a program to teach kids about optical illusions. Here, teacher Beyonira Colon shows Shareara and Cyrel how to make a thaumatrope.

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The Museum of Science brought a program to teach kids about optical illusions. Here, teacher Beyonira Colon shows Shareara and Cyrel how to make a thaumatrope.

New England Aquarium teacher Laura Castonon of St. Rose Street explains to Tay and Peter Sullivan how to identify different shellfish. Tay and Peter live on Craft Place in Forest Hills.

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New England Aquarium teacher Laura Castonon of St. Rose Street explains to Tay and Peter Sullivan how to identify different shell fish. Tay and Peter live on Craft Place in Forest Hills.

It wasnt all birds and bees, but music and dancing too. Tia from the Dimock Community Center shows Benjamin some moves to the music by DJ Popular.

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It wasnt all birds and bees but music and dancing too. Tia, a staff member at the Dimock Community Center, shows her client Benjamin some moves to the music by DJ Popular.

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Cyrel and Shareah show off their moves to the music played by DJ Poplular.

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Cyrel and Shareah show off their moves to the music played by DJ Poplular.