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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: May 3, 2002

Macbride Raptor Project celebrates Migratory Bird Day May 11

In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, the Macbride Raptor Project will host an educational open house Saturday, May 11 at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA) located off County Road F28 near Solon, one mile north of Mehaffey Bridge Road.

Held in conjunction with the Iowa City Bird Club, the event is from 8:30 a.m. to noon at MNRA's Nature Center. Throughout the morning, Meredith Caskey, assistant coordinator of UI Wildlife Camps and School of the Wild, will be at the Raptor Center birdblind and talk about the bird banding. A variety of bird-related activities for children of all ages are also planned for the morning.

Scheduled activities include:

-- 8:30 a.m.: a discussion about neotropical migrant birds, their plight and important bird areas.

-- 9:30 a.m.: the Iowa City Bird Club hosts a songbird walk though the woods looking and listening for returning songbirds. Club members will discuss the various birds; be sure to bring a pair of binoculars.

-- 10:30 a.m. a presentation about Iowa birds of prey. Raptor Project staff will show a hawk and owl and speak about the project and the natural history of raptors.

-- 11:30 a.m. a slide show and discussion about osprey, and a session about volunteer opportunities with the Raptor Center's project to re-introduce osprey into Iowa.

The Macbride Raptor Project, co-sponsored by the University of Iowa's department of recreational services and Kirkwood Community College, helps rehabilitate sick and injured birds, conducts educational programs for the public, and does field research of Iowa's native raptors.

For further information, call the Center at (319) 398-5495.