Published On: Mon, May 16th, 2016

National Park to host Birds of Prey Program

 

Michael Skinner, executive director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, shows a female red-tailed hawk named Cheyenne at a previous year’s Birds of Prey presentation at the Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

Michael Skinner, executive director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, shows a female red-tailed hawk named Cheyenne at a previous year’s Birds of Prey presentation at the Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is teaming up again with the Balsam Mountain Trust for a fourth year to present a special program, Birds of Prey, at the Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room on Thursday, May 26 at 11am.

Michael Skinner, executive director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, will conduct the hour-long Birds of Prey program. This program will provide visitors with an up-close glimpse of some of the most recognized and revered birds such as the tiny eastern screech owl and northern bald eagle.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Balsam Mountain Trust for a third year,” said Supervisory Park Ranger Lynda Doucette. “This program provides an opportunity for park visitors to see and learn about these beautiful birds first hand.”

Balsam Mountain Trust is a local non-profit whose mission is the stewardship of the natural and cultural resources on Balsam Mountain Preserve and the Blue Ridge Mountain region, through effective land management practices, scientific research, and environmental education. The Trust has earned special distinction as a place where non-releasable birds of prey are taken in, cared for, and then utilized as educational ambassadors.

The Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room is adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road, two miles north of Cherokee.

Info: Oconaluftee Visitor Center 497-1904. Park information is also available from the park’s website at www.nps.gov/grsm.