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University of Iowa News Release

May 6, 2003

Natural History Museum Holds May Birding Programs

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History has scheduled a new series of Saturday afternoon programs about wild birds called "Birds and Birding - fun for you, fun for the family." The programs will take place at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History in Macbride Hall next to the Old Capitol on the UI Pentacrest.

The programs include:

--May 10, Birds Around Your Home and Yard. Learn what it takes to host wild birds in your own yard. Topics will include: feeding, feeders, and their care and placement; providing water; and planting your yard with birds in mind.

--May 17, Bluebirds: A little wild beauty with Jim Walters. Well-known local bluebirder and president of the Johnson County Songbird Project, Walters will inform us about bluebirds, their habits and habitat, and making and caring for bluebird nest boxes. Celebrate one of the Midwest's most beautiful and charming wild birds.

--May 24, An International Migratory Bird Day Celebration with Gail Dawson. People around the globe have set aside a day each year to learn about and honor migratory birds. Dawson is a local bird expert who cares for birds in her work at the Macbride Raptor Project. Join us for a very informative experience as we learn about migration from Gail and participate in fun and educational activities.

--May 31, Birding Spots in and Close to Iowa City with Karen Disbrow. Go bird watching without leaving town! There's no need to travel to the country to enjoy bird watching, chances are there is a great spot right in your own neighborhood. Disbrow, an experienced birder and field-trip manager for the Iowa City Bird Club, will clue us in on good birding spots right here in town as well as close by for you and your family to enjoy.

The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call Elizabeth Burdick-Romero, UI Museum of Natural History weekend manager, or David Brenzel, program coordinator, at 319-335-0482 or 319-335-0480. Visit the museum web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~nathist.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the Museum of Natural History.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Gary Galluzzo, University of Iowa News Services 319-384-0012, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu.