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CONTACT: SHAWN PRESLEY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
e-mail: shawn-presley@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Macbride Raptor Project to release bald eagle with 7-foot wing span

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Macbride Raptor project will release a rehabilitated bald eagle Tuesday, March 11 at 3 p.m. in Crandic Park at Highway 6 and Rocky Shore Drive in Iowa City.

The bird was found unable to fly Feb. 10 in a field northwest of Wilton. A physical examination of the male bird revealed it may have been poisoned. The bird is three feet tall with a wing span of more than seven feet.

The Macbride Raptor Project is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College. Founded in 1985, it is devoted to preserving Iowa's birds of prey and their natural habitats. The project achieves its goals through the rehabilitation of sick and injured birds, educational programs for the public and field research of Iowa's native raptors.

For more information about the rehabilitation of the eagle or the Macbride Raptor Project, contact Jodeanne Cancilla at 319-398-5495.

3/11/97