National Park hosts birds of prey program

ZZ Michael Skinner and a Red-tailed Hawk

Michael Skinner and a Red-Tailed Hawk/photo submitted

GSMNP (press release)—Great Smoky Mountains National Park is teaming up with the Balsam Mountain Trust for a third year to present a special program, Birds of Prey, at the Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room on Friday, July 10.

Michael Skinner, Executive Director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, will conduct an hour-long Birds of Prey program beginning at 11:00 a.m. 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, 2 miles north of Cherokee, North Carolina. For more information on the upcoming Birds of Prey program, please call the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at (828) 497-1904. Park information is also available from the park’s website at NPS.gov/grsm.

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