There aren’t many places where you can see hawks, falcons, and eagles from a foot or two away, and even feel the rush of air from their wings right above your head. But one of those places, the Center for Birds of Prey, is right down the road, and this weekend they’re giving guests the chance to get really up close and personal with their birds. The annual picnic and fundraiser will feature children’s activities, live music by Minimum Wage, a silent auction, food by Lowcountry Eats, and of course, tours and flight demos. “The event allows guest a more personalized encounter with the birds than regular tours,” says the Center’s Grace Newland. “During demos, the crowd learns unique characteristics about each bird, such as how they communicate, hunt, eat, breed, and more. This is probably the closest many people will come to these birds of prey, so it’s really a unique experience.” In addition to providing a home and medical care for injured birds and birds who can’t be released back into the wild, the Center also participates in education, captive breeding programs, and international avian research. It’s also the only center of its kind on the entire East Coast. That makes them a pretty worthy cause in our book.