FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2009

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The Raptor Trust Visits Trailside, Feb. 26

Raptors, like this sharp-shinned hawk, often are found injured in the wild
Mountainside, NJ
– Raptors, like this sharp-shinned hawk, often are found injured in the wild. On Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., adults, ages 18 and older, are invited to join Lauren Butcher, director of education at the Raptor Trust in Millington, to learn how the non-profit group cares for these special birds of prey. Participants will discover how the Raptor Trust hospital helps not only raptors, but songbirds as well. Lauren will be accompanied by a live bird of prey. Pre-registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome as space allows. The fee is $8 per person for Union County residents and $10 for out-of-county participants. For additional information about this program or other upcoming workshops and special events, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us online at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to offer a lecture about the Raptor Trust for adults, 18 years and older, at Trailside Nature and Science Center on Thursday evening, February 26, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Birds of prey are among nature’s greatest wonders,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “This is a great opportunity to see how injured raptors are nurtured back to health and placed back into the wild.”

The Feb. 26 program provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the Raptor Trust cares for the thousands of injured and orphaned birds brought to the non-profit rehabilitation facility annually. Lauren Butcher, director of education at the Raptor Trust, will focus her talk on these special birds of prey. She’ll discuss common injuries, medical procedures, seasonal care of baby birds, and the diversity of species that are residents at the Trust’s “hospital” in Millington. She will be accompanied by a live bird of prey.

The fee for the program is $8 per person for residents of Union County and $10 for out-of-county participants. Pre-registration is preferred as space is limited. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the event.

For additional information about this event or other upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.