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University of Iowa News Release

May 5, 2004

International Migratory Bird Day May 8 At Macbride Nature Recreation Area

As part of the annual International Migratory Bird Day, the public is invited to the University of Iowa's Macbride Nature Recreation (MNRA) Area on Saturday, May 8, to learn about migratory birds.

The program is from 9:30 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 9:30 a.m., a Songbird Walk will take place. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars.
- At 10:30 a.m., there will be an Iowa Bird of Prey live raptor presentation.
- Songbird banding will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to noon by Macbride Raptor Project Staff.

The sponsors of International Migratory Bird Day 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 the U.S. Army Corps.

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 of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, Jodeane Canicilla, Macbride Raptor Project, 319-398-5495