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News Release 081

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392
                steph.deidrick@dnr.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2014 Volume 42-14-081 

Discover the world of birds at Birds Over Baker at Sam A. Baker State Park May 31

Jefferson City, Mo. - Visitors will have the opportunity to learn all about our feathered friends on Saturday, May 31 at Sam A. Baker State Park. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the annual Birds Over Baker event starts at 9 a.m and is free and open to the public.

The birding festival will feature demonstrations and activities for the whole family. At 9 a.m. at the Shut-ins Trailhead, participants can start off the day with the East Ozarks Audubon Society as they take a bird walk, identifying and pointing out birds that call Missouri home. Throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be activities and crafts that will cover topics including migration, hunting game birds and bird behavior.

At 7 p.m., visitors can enjoy the Raptor Awareness Program in the park’s amphitheater. The program will include information about birds of prey and a live bird presentation from the World Bird Sanctuary from St. Louis, featuring the raptors of Missouri, such as hawks, owls and falcons.

Bird merchandise will be available for purchase throughout the day along with food and entertainment from 12-1 p.m.

Sam A. Baker State Park is located on Highway 143 about four miles north of Patterson. For more information about the event, contact the park at 573-856-4411. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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