CONTACT: DAVE CONRADS
E216 Field House
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 8, 1999
Hawkwatch planned at Macbride Nature Recreation Area
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A celebration of the annual fall
migration of thousands of hawks and other birds of prey through Iowa will
take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Macbride Nature
A variety of activities will be held at the Raptor
Center portion of the recreation area, which is located on County Road F-28
between North Liberty and Solon. At 9 a.m., a hawk identification seminar
will be presented by Macbride Nature Recreation Area Environmental Education
Coordinator Dave Conrads. Macbride Raptor Project Coordinator Jodeane Cancilla
will present a slide program on the osprey introduction project at 10 a.m.
Live raptor programs will be held at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. by Raptor Center
staff. The educational display of over 20 native hawks, owls, falcons and
eagles will be open as well.
Also, throughout the day there will be a hawkwatch
at the Stainbrook State Preserve (next to the Sugarbottom entrance to the
nature area) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. led by Iowa City Bird Club members who
will assist with the identification of the hawks and other birds migrating
overhead. 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
(a cooperative effort between UI Division of Recreational Services and Kirkwood
Community College), Cornell College Biology Department, U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers and the Iowa City Bird Club. For more information, contact Dave
Conrads at (319) 335-9293.