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Jefferson Memorial Forest Hosting ‘Raptor Day’ March 26

Thursday March 17, 2011

Jefferson Memorial Forest is hosting “Raptor Day,” a celebration of Kentucky’s native birds of prey, on Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Horine Reservation.

“Raptors are the jet fighters of the bird world.” says Ryan Zike, naturalist. “These birds are so incredible and such an important part of the ecosystem. That is why we want to showcase them with this event.”

Raptor Rehab of Kentuckiana, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, local falconers, and Forest volunteers will conduct demonstrations and programs featuring birds of prey. These include live displays of falcons, hawks, owls and eagles. The most exciting event of the day will be the release of a red-tail hawk rehabilitated by Raptor Rehab. Staff will answer questions at the Environmental Education Center and showcase other forest animals.

Fun activities for kids will take place all day including the creation of leather jess bracelets and raptor masks, the dissection of owl pellets, raptor storytelling and bird-viewing hikes.

Admission to the event is free, although parking will be $2 per car, so carpooling is encouraged. Shack in the Back BBQ and other refreshments will be available for sale. For questions or directions, please call the Forest Welcome Center at (502) 368-5404.

About the Jefferson Memorial Forest
The 6,218 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war, is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and the largest municipal urban forest in the nation. The Forest is the flagship of Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division, which is entrusted with providing stewardship, nature-based educational programming, and outdoor recreation within nearly 7,000 acres of forest, meadow, and riparian habitats across Louisville Metro. Jefferson Memorial Forest offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas. For more information or to volunteer, go to