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View raptors at the High Trestle hawk watch

Join experts and birding novices at the family-friendly High Trestle Hawk Watch Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The hawk watch will be at the High Trestle Bridge’s main viewing platform on the west side of the bridge and the new shelter on the east side of the bridge.

The High Trestle Trail is accessed by walking or bicycling from Madrid, Woodward, or a small parking area ½ mi. east of the trestle on QF Lane, just south of Hwy. 210.

Naturalists and bird experts from five different organizations will be on hand to offer information to beginning hawk watchers and the birds they see.  In past years, bird watchers have seen up to 171 raptors (represented by eight different species) and 45 additional species of birds. Early October typically is the peak of hawk migration in Iowa.

Binoculars and viewing scopes are available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars, refreshments, and lawn chairs - if they plan to stay awhile – and dress for the weather, as the event will be held rain or shine.

This event is a joint effort of the Iowa Wildlife Center, Boone County Conservation Board, Dallas County Conservation Board, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Iowa Audubon.

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