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Hawks, great horned owl to be released

Published: Friday, Sept. 6 2013 11:29 a.m. MDT

Thousands of hawks, eagles and other birds of prey fly through Utah's skies every fall. This fall, rehabilitated Swainson's hawks and a great horned owl — like this one, shown in a file photo — will join them.

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

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OREM — Thousands of hawks, eagles and other birds of prey fly through Utah’s skies every fall. This fall, rehabilitated Swainson’s hawks and a great horned owl will join them.

Bird enthusiasts can see and learn more about raptors at this year’s Raptor Watch Day and also can watch as rehabilitators with Great Basin Wildlife Rescue release at least two rehabilitated Swainson’s hawks and a great horned owl.

Raptor Watch Day will happen at the Orem overlook on Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hawks and owl will be released at 3 p.m. The overlook is along Squaw Peak Trail Road, just east of Orem. The Division of Wildlife Resources hosts Raptor Watch Day every year. The event is free.

For more information, call Bob Walters, Watchable Wildlife coordinator for the DWR, at 801-209-5326.

Squaw Peak Trail Road can be reached via Provo Canyon. To reach the canyon from Interstate 15, exit at the 800 North exit in Orem and travel east on 800 North. The road goes into Provo Canyon.

Travel for about two miles past the mouth of the canyon, and look for Raptor Watch Day event signs on the south side of the road. Once signs are visible, turn onto Squaw Peak Trail Road, and travel to the overlook.

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