MDC invites public to Feb. 2 program on raptor identification

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In Missouri, telling someone you saw a hawk only leads to more questions. Was it a red-tailed or red-shouldered hawk? Cooper’s or Swainson’s? Sharp-shinned or broad-winged?

People can get information about how to identify these species and other birds of prey at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) “Raptor Identification” program on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. This free program will be 2 p.m.-3 p.m. and no registration is required.

This program will help people hone their birding skills and is for all ages. For information on this event or other Springfield Conservation Nature Center programs, call 417-888-4237. The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located at 4601 S. Nature Center Way.

For more information about hawks and other birds found in Missouri, visit