A Festival Celebrating Birds of Prey


Sunday, September 24th, 2017 - Noon to 4pm
At: The Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross, CA
Adults $40 / Kids $10


  • Many Species of Live Owls & Other Raptors on Display
  • Fun & Educational Talks
  • Kids Area
  • Many Wildlife Organizations & Artists
  • Food, Wine & More

The Hungry Owl Project is proud to present this unique and exciting festival. It will be a fun and educational outdoor event for adults and all the family. See several different species of Owls and Hawks, enjoy wine or beer, see local wildlife artists, hear inspiring presentations from guest speakers and meet wildlife organizations. Great local food, wine & beer will be available.

Featured Speakers

Allen Fish
Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
Talks: "The Raptor Alphabet - Accipiters thru Zippers Pt 1 & Pt 2”

Allen Fish has been director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in cooperation with the National Park Service, since 1985.  He grew up in the South Bay, migrating upslope to spend summers in the High Sierra.  Allen went to school at UC Davis to study evolutionary ecology, and returned there to teach Raptor Biology in the 2000s.  Allen co-founded Raptors are the Solution with journalist Lisa Owens Viani in 2012, and today lives in Berkeley with his family.


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Joe Mueller
Biology Professor, College of Marin
Talk: "How to Hunt in the Dark: The Amazing Secrets of Owls"

Joe Mueller has been teaching biology at the College of Marin for 25 years. Taking a holistic approach to science, Joe emphasizes the need to understand the reasons we have become so disconnected from the very planetary ecosystems we depend on. Joe also speaks at many wildlife events, leaving audiences both wiser and highly entertained. An animal lover by nature, Joe tends an animal orphan farm where he loves spending time with an assortment of critters ranging from llamas to lizards.

Joe is the recipient of the 2008 Terwilliger Environmental Award and he has developed and directs the Natural History Program at College of Marin.


Jenny Papka
Director, Native Bird Connections
Talk: "Raptors Up Close"

Jenny Papka is the founder and keeper of Native Bird Connections, established 2000, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing public education programs about raptors. She has dedicated the last 25 years to working with non-releasable, injured wild animals in education programs.

As a presenter and educator, Jenny is an inspiring and captivating speaker. Her passion, dedication and knowledge of these animals shines through when she presents. 


Mary Pounder
Ambassador Program Manager, WildCare
Talk: "Raptor ER: Stories from A Wildlife Hospital"

Mary Pounder attended the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology. She then acquired her Bachelor of Education degree in Intermediate/Secondary Biology and Environmental Studies. She has worked in the field of Wildlife Rescue for 29 years, first with her own Wildlife Center in Canada, and, for the past 20 years, at WildCare in San Rafael. She has worked in both WildCare’s wildlife hospital and Education Department.  She has been the head of the Opossum and Rabbit foster care teams and has fostered a wide variety of species, from bats to bobcat. In 2000, Mary created and implemented WildCare’s Student Volunteer Program, adding students 12 to 17 years old on to the WildCare Volunteer Team. She is currently the Ambassador Program Manager at WildCare where she oversees the live educational wildlife program with 23 animal Ambassadors Including 8 raptors and over 30 volunteers. This program brings educational programs to children and adults throughout the Bay Area. Mary has extensive experience with a wide variety of wildlife but her current favorite is the Brown Pelican.


Artists, Musicians & Authors:
George Eade - Photographer
Glenn Neville - Photographer
Tricia George - Artist
More coming soon...

Food Provided by:
Il Davide
Aurora Catering
Carrie Dove Catering
Stacey Scott


View the program below. Click the image to download a pdf copy that includes a map. Copies will also be given to guests upon arrival. 

Purchase Tickets

Online ticketing securely hosted by the Marin Art & Garden Center (MAGC). 
Your credit card will show a charge from MAGC. 

Photo by Heidi Law

Photo by Heidi Law

The Fine Print:

In an effort to save trees, we will not be printing paper tickets. Just give your name at the entrance of the event. If you encounter any issues purchasing tickets or have any questions, please contact MAGC at 415-455-5260

Please be very considerate of live birds on display (if bringing children, please encourage them to do the same). No pets or animals allowed, except for leashed service animals (please be very considerate of birds on display when bringing service animals). Keynote seating will be limited. Event occurs rain or shine. No refunds or ticket cancellations.

Online ticketing securely hosted by the Marin Art & Garden Center. Credit card orders will show a charge from MAGC. HOP is a partnership with WildCare. 7% of all HOP income goes to WildCare to help with the administrative costs associated with our partnership.
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Photo featured in Talons design by George Eade