The day I saw the Raptor Free Flight program at the Desert Museum my friends were on a higher observation deck and they were just a few feet away from one of the Museum's handlers. They were able to see the birds land on his glove and watch as he gave them a scrap of meat snack. The sculpture you see to the right is a metal hawk and occasionally the birds would perch there, too. Do you see the crowd of people on the lower left? I'm in there somewhere taking the photos you saw the previous days.
I'm a transplanted New Yorker who loves the Tucson climate. On New Year's Day I have a bit of fun calling my (snowbound) east coast friends to announce that I'm drinking coffee while sitting on my patio. (: