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August 1, 2013

Children’s Museum guests to get an up-close look at birds of prey

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute Children’s Museum guests will get a chance to have an up-close encounter with some of the common, and not so common, birds of prey that can be found within the state of Indiana at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

During the “Birds of Prey” program, Leslie Grow, a naturalist at Hardy Lake State Recreational Area, will use a variety of Indiana raptors to educate guests about a wide variety of topics, including characteristics of raptors, predator and prey relationships in a food chain, conservation trends relating to raptors and more.

The Hardy Lake State Recreational Area, located in Scottsburg, is home to the Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center. The center takes in injured and orphaned hawks, owls, eagles and falcons for the purpose of rehabilitation and later release. The center is home to 12 permanently injured birds of prey that are used for educational programming throughout the state.

The rehabilitation center has been in operation since 1989 and is the only state-owned raptor facility in Indiana. Though owned by the state, all costs for medical care, food and supplies are paid for through donations to the not-for-profit group, Friends of Hardy Lake. For more information, visit friendsofhardylake.com.

The Birds of Prey program, which is being sponsored by the Terre Haute Rotary Club, is free with museum admission. Regular admission is $7 for adults and children 24 months and older. Admission is free for members of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum and children under 24 months.

The museum is at 727 Wabash Ave. Visit www.thchildrensmuseum.com.

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