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Release: Sept. 12, 2002

Hawk Watch 2002 set for Sept. 21 at Macbride Nature Recreation Area

As part of Hawk Watch 2002, the public is invited to the University of Iowa's Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA) on Sept. 21 to observe the annual fall migration of thousands of hawks and other birds of prey.

The Hawk Watch program is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the MNRA and the Stainbrook State Preserve, located between Solon and North Liberty on County Road F28. The MNRA staff has several educational activities planned for the entire family:

-- Gail Dawson of the Macbride Raptor Center will present a hawk identification seminar at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Macbride Raptor Center.

-- Jodeane Cancilla of the Macbride Raptor Project will give a slide presentation on an osprey introduction program at 10 a.m. in the Raptor Center, followed by a live raptor program presented by the Raptor Center at noon, also in the Raptor Center

-- From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meredith Caskey, of the UI Wildlife Camp and School of the Wild assistant coordinator, will give a presentation on songbird banding at the Raptor Center.

-- Hawk watching, hosted by the Iowa City Bird Club, will be at 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 autumn migration of the hawks and other birds.

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 or UI Recreational Services at (319) 335-9293.