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Release: Immediate

Hawkwatch at University of Iowa Raptor Center Sept. 20

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A celebration of the annual fall migration of thousands of hawks and other birds of prey through Iowa will occur Saturday, Sept. 20 at the University of Iowa Macbride Nature Recreation Area.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins with a 9 a.m. hawk identification program presented at the UI Raptor Center. Live raptor programs will be at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. at the center. A 2 p.m. storytime will be led by Joanne Lewis. The educational display of more than 20 native hawks, owls, falcons, and eagles will be open as well.

Also, from 9: a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a hawkwatch at the Stainbrook State Preserve (next to the Sugarbottom entrance to Macbride) led by Iowa City Bird Club members who will assist with the identification of the hawks and other birds migrating overhead. Participants should bring binoculars, blanket, or lawn chairs, and a picnic lunch to the watch site for comfortable viewing of the birds and early fall scenery.

This event is sponsored by the Macbride Raptor Project, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Iowa City Bird Club, and the University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services. Macbride Nature Recreation Area is located on County Road F-28 between North Liberty and Solon.

9/17/97