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Party with Raptors for Nature Center

Some really big birds will be on hand at Sherwood Island Nature Center's birthday party and kids and families are invited, too. The Nature Center opened its doors last summer and to celebrate its first year, a party with activities and visiting birds of prey from A Place Called Hope in Killingworth, are planned. The party, on June 12, from 6-8 p.m., is free and so is park admission. Families can bring a picnic and then enjoy free ice cream. Featured are actitivties highlighting the Nature Center's role in educating kids about the local environment and its inhabitants. Friends of Sherwood Island State Park, the party's hosts, are volunteers who help administer the park and were instrumental in creating the Nature Center.

The festivities include staff naturalists and interns giving center tours and explaining its exhibits, including touch tank critters. Families can also stroll the Salt Marsh Nature Trail, with its new markers and notes describing vegetation and other trail features. The live Birds of Prey program, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., shows off birds rescued by A Place Called Hope. The organization's wildlife rehabilitators introduce some of their magnificent rescues and describe their survival stories. Sherwood Island is home to 297 bird species, including many birds of prey. The Sherwood Island Nature Center is open weekends only, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the school year ends. Over the summer, it opens Wednesdays through Sundays, also 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the Friends of Sherwood Island website:

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