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Release: Sept. 5, 2000

Public invited to Hawk Watch 2000 at Macbride Nature Recreation Area

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As part of Hawk Watch 2000, the public is invited to the University of Iowa's Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA) Saturday, Sept. 16 to observe the annual fall migration of thousands of hawks and other birds of prey.

This year's event is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the MNRA, located near Solon on County Road F28, one mile north of Mehaffey Bridge. The MNRA staff has several educational activities planned for the entire family.

Emily Kurtz, of the UI Wildlife Camp and School of the Wild assistant coordinator, will present a hawk identification seminar at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Macbride Raptor Center. Gail Dawson of the Macbride Raptor Project will give a slide presentation on the project's osprey introduction at 10 a.m. in the Raptor Center, where live raptor programs also will be held at noon
and 1 p.m.

For the Hawk Watch, go to the Stainbrook State Preserve (also on County Road F28 north of the Sugar Bottom entrance to the MNRA) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring binoculars, blankets, lawn chairs, and even a picnic lunch to enjoy this annual migration of the hawks and other birds, as well as view the early fall scenery.

The sponsors of the Hawk Watch include the Macbride Raptor Project (a joint program of the UI Division of Recreational Services and Kirkwood Community College), the Iowa City Bird Club and Cornell College biology department, and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.

The Macbride Raptor Project, founded in 1985, is devoted to preserving Iowa's birds of prey and their natural habitats. The project achieves its goals through rehabilitation of sick and injured birds, educational programs for the public and field research of Iowa's native raptors.

For more information, call the Macbride Raptor Project, (319) 398-5495.