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July 5, 2007

Osprey Banding Set For July 10 At Lake Macbride

The Macbride Raptor Project will band two young osprey birds Tuesday, July 10, on the south side of Lake Macbride.

With the help of project volunteers, Jodeane Cancilla, coordinator of the Macbride Raptor Project, will conduct the banding of the five-week-old osprey at 10 a.m. A group will meet at sailboat shelter No. 1 on the south side of Lake Macbride before heading to the nest.

Media will have an opportunity for photos during the actual banding.

The birds are banded for future research and measurement. At this time there are five active osprey nests in Iowa, Cancilla said.

Approximately 175 students ages 7 to 14 are attending UI Wildlife Camps and will be attendance for the banding. The Wildlife Camps are summer outdoor education camps offered through the University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services.

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. It is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services and Kirkwood Community College.

Directions to the banding: From North Liberty take Mehaffey Bridge Road (County Road F28) north toward Solon; proceed across the Mehaffey bridge and past Macbride Nature Recreation Area; continue north across the causeway bridge and turn left on Cottage Reserve Road, and when the road turns into a "Y" proceed right to sailboat shelter No. 1.

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

PROGRAM CONTACT: Jodeane Cancilla, Macbride Raptor Project, 319-398-5495

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,