11/7/05 Contact: Charles Martin, 334/844-3698 (marticd@auburn.edu)
David M. Granger, 334/844-9999 (grangdm@auburn.edu)


Center will host free educational programs about raptors Nov. 18

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center will dedicate a new 300-seat amphitheater Nov. 16 and will have a day of free educational programs Nov. 18 about raptors, or birds of prey.

AU will celebrate the formal opening of the Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. The amphitheater honors the late Edgar B. Carter, former director of research for Abbott Laboratories in Chicago. Carter’s daughter, Carol Clark of Princeville, Ill., gave a $400,000 gift in his memory to fund the new facility.

On Friday, Nov. 18, the amphitheater will host programs at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m., featuring birds flying from two 25-foot towers.

The new facility is located just off Shug Jordan Parkway, west of the Wire Road intersection. Information about attending a program is available by calling (334) 844-6943.

“It was completed in late summer, but we wanted to have a dedication in the fall when the weather is cooler,” said Dr. Timothy Boosinger, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “We are looking forward to opening this new facility and are greatly appreciative for the gift that made it possible.”

The amphitheater will provide more opportunities for local residents as well as out-of-town guests to see a raptor program. It will also reduce travel time and costs for the center’s two education specialists, who travel across the region presenting programs to schools, conservation groups and other organizations. The center’s most famous residents are 25-year-old golden eagle Tiger, officially known as War Eagle VI, and bald eagle Spirit and golden eagle Nova.

All birds used in the educational programs are non-releasable due to prior injuries or human imprinting. Any bird capable of surviving in the wild must be released, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which permits Auburn to house the birds.

Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research institution with more than 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff. Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabama’s largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.

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