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Macbride Raptor Project invites public to "Hawkwatch" Sept. 19

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Eastern Iowans can celebrate the fall migration of thousands of hawks and other birds of prey at the annual "Hawkwatch" at the University of Iowa Macbride Nature Recreation Area Saturday, Sept. 19. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Macbride Nature Recreation Area is located on Country Road F-28 between North Liberty and Solon.

The day begins with a raptor identification seminar at 9 a.m. for beginner and novice hawkwatchers, led by Dave Conrads at the Raptor Center. At 10 a.m. Jodeane Cancilla will give a slide presentation highlighting Iowa's first attempt to introduce osprey to the state. Live raptor programs will be at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. at the Raptor Center.

Also, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a hawkwatch at the Stainbrook State Preserve (located next to the Sugarbottom entrance to Macbride.) Local birding experts will assist with the identification of the hawks and other birds migrating overhead.

Cancilla suggests that observers bring binoculars, blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic lunches to the watch site for comfortable viewing of the birds and early autumn scenery.

This event is sponsored by the UI Division of Recreational Services, Kirkwood Community College, Iowa City Bird Club, Cornell College biology department, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For more information, call Cancilla at (319) 398-5495.