WRITER: SARAH OPOLKA
CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
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
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.