The educational and entertaining program, which includes music and video, will be put on by John Stokes and Dale Kernahan, the presenters behind the popular “Wings to Soar” birds of prey show at Rock City, a natural attraction in Chattanooga. They also work in the rehabilitation of a variety of birds of prey. Wings to Soar’s mission is to “create awareness about the vital role birds of prey play in the natural world.
The Sapphire event is part of Mountain Wildlife Days Outreach and funded by a grant from Wild South. According to Mountain Wildlife Days organizer John Edwards of Cashiers, the program is designed to “plant a seed that will grow into a new connection to the natural world”.
The Mountain Wildlife Outreach initiative has brought wildlife-related programs to more than 2,700 students this year at various schools in Cashiers, Highlands, Franklin, Brevard, Enka and Asheville.