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Raptor releases and hike at Forest Ecology Preserve Sept. 7 and 8


By Tara Lanier, 334-844-3698,

The Southeastern Raptor Center will release a variety of owls, a kite, and a hawk at the Forest Ecology Preserve in Auburn on Sept. 7 and 8.

At the Sept. 7 release at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Screech-Owls, Great Horned Owls, and Barred Owls will be released as participants hike through the preserve. “The majority of these owls were brought in as ‘orphans’,” said Liz Crandall, raptor rehabilitation specialist. “Many were healthy fledglings that were mistaken for orphans.” During the hike, Crandall will talk about not removing young, healthy wildlife, and a history of the birds being released.

On Saturday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. the Raptor Center will release a kite and a hawk at the preserve at 2222 North College St. located near Auburn University Fisheries. Both raptor programs are free of charge.

For more information contact Jen Lolley at (334) 707-6512 or visit the Forest Ecology Preserve Web site.

The Southeastern Raptor Center is part of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Its mission is to rehabilitate injured or orphaned birds and to educate the public about raptors – their habitats, conservation, and ecology. The rehabilitation section takes in almost 300 birds annually with the majority being birds of prey.