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The Interpretive Association (CLSPIA) has chosen to present the dynamic film, “World of Raptors,” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in the visitor center auditorium.
Presented by International Raptor Authority, Morley Nelson, this 55-minute film will entertain and educate. North America is home to exciting and majestic falcons, hawks and eagles. See them in all their wild magnificence and power.
When Nelson died February 21, 2005, the Boise Weekly News headline read, “Morley Nelson 1917-2005. The raptor world loses a great friend.”
Indeed it had. The article, written by Sara Beitia, described Nelson as a falconer, educator and conservationist. He was 88 years old at his death.
Beitia’s article continues, “… in 1980 Nelson was instrumental in establishing the nearly 500-acre Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (which received permanent protection in 1993), home to a multitude of raptors. Nelson was also largely responsible for facilitating the location of the Peregrine Fund's headquarters in Boise, establishing here the World Center for Birds of Prey. Nelson's work with Idaho Power and Edison Electric to modify their power line designs to prevent the electrocution of raptors resulted in similar safety efforts nationally and internationally by other utility agencies.”
During your visit, be sure to look for birds of prey in the museum and in the park. Check out the many new items in the gift shop.
There is no entrance fee to the park for attending scheduled programs, walks or visiting the museum. The visitor center, including the gift shop, will open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer.
Join Brad Barnwell at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 9, for a guided bird walk in the park. Meet at the visitor center ramp. Migrating birds are beginning to return from the northern nesting areas. Adolescent birds are sometimes seen with down peaking through their fast growing adult plumage. Expect the unexpected.
Visit www.clearlakestatepark.org for great photos, activity schedule and park information.
Clear Lake State Park is located at 5300 soda Bay Road, Kelseyville.