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University of Iowa News Release

July 6, 2005

Osprey Banding Set For July 7 At Lake Macbride

The Macbride Raptor Project will be banding two young ospreys Thursday, July 7, on the south side of Lake Macbride.

With the help of project volunteers, Jodeane Cancilla, coordinator of the Macbride Raptor Project, will be conducting the banding of the three-week old osprey at 10 a.m. July 7 at Lake Macbride. A group will meet at sailboat shelter No. 1 on the south arm of Lake Macbride before heading to the nest.

Media will have an opportunity for photos during the actual banding.

The birds are banded for future research and measurement. At this time there are only two confirmed osprey nests in Iowa, one on Lake Macbride and the other on the Coralville Reservoir, Cancilla said.

The Macbride Raptor Project, founded in 1985, is devoted to preserving Iowa's birds of prey and their natural habitats. The project achieves its goals through rehabilitation of sick and injured birds, educational programs for the public and field research of Iowa's native raptors. It is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services and Kirkwood Community College.

Directions to the banding: From North Liberty take Mehaffey Bridge Road (County Road F28) North towards Solon; go across the Mehaffey bridge and past Macbride Nature Recreation Area; continue North across the causeway bridge to Lake Macbride State Park and turn left on Cottage Reserve Road; and when the road turns into a "Y" go right to sailboat shelter No. 1.

For more information, call the Macbride Raptor Project, 319-398-5495 or UI Recreational Services at 319-335-9293.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Program: Jodeane Cancilla, Macbride Raptor Project, 319-398-5495