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Release: May 5, 2003

Macbride Nature Recreation Area Discusses Migratory Birds May 10

As part of the 11th annual International Migratory Bird Day, the public is invited to the University of Iowa's Macbride Nature Recreation (MNRA) Area on Saturday, May 10 to discuss the habitats needed for neotropical migrants as well as identify these birds.

The International Migratory Bird Day program will be held from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the MNRA, located between Solon and North Liberty on County Road F28. The MNRA staff has several educational activities planned for the entire family:

--At 8:30 a.m. a program titled "On a Wing and a Prayer" will discuss neotropical migrants, their plight and important bird areas.
--Members of the Iowa City Bird Club will lead a Songbird Walk at 9:30 a.m. They will walk through the woods looking for, listening for and discussing the returning songbirds. Participants will want to bring a pair of binoculars for the walk.
--At 10:30 a.m. a MRP staff member will present a hawk and an owl, both residents at the Macbride Raptor Project, while discussing the project and the natural history of raptors in the "Iowa Birds of Prey" program.
--A slide show and discussion about one of Raptor Project's exciting volunteer opportunities will take place at 11:30 a.m.

From 8:30 a.m. to noon, Meredith Caskey and Ed Saehler, of the UI Wildlife Camp and School of the Wild, will staff the bird blind with demonstration and discussion of the songbird banding process.

A variety of children's activities will also be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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) and the Iowa City Bird Club.

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.

STORY SOURCE: University News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 370, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,
PROGRAM CONTACT: Jodeane Canicilla, Macbride Raptor Project, 319-398-5495