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CONTACT: DAVE CONRADS
E216 Field House
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335/9293
e-mail: david-conrads@uiowa.edu

Release: Sept. 8, 1999

Hawkwatch planned at Macbride Nature Recreation Area Sept. 18

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 Recreation Area.

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.