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Iowa City IA 52242
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EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: This is a repeat of a news release distributed earlier this week but includes corrected information.

UI Raptor Center To Feature 'Hawkwatch' 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, located on County Road F-28 between North Liberty and Solon..

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins with a 9 a.m. hawk identification program presented by Dave Conrads at the UI Raptor Center. At 10 a.m., Jodeane Cancilla will give a slide presentation highlighting Iowa's first osprey introduction. Live raptor programs will be held at 11 a.m., noon., and 1p.m. at the center. 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). Local birding experts will assist with the identification of the hawks and other birds migrating overhead. Observers are asked to 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 UI Division of Recreational Services, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cornell College biology department, and the Iowa City Bird Club.

9/19/97