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Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:39

Taking flight with birds of prey

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The “Eagle Lady” will be doing a free program with her live birds of prey at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Oconaluftee Visitor Center outside Cherokee at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Naturalist Doris Mager has been working with raptors for more than 35 years. She will bring four birds with her, including an American kestrel, a screech owl, and a great horned owl, allowing the public to “get up close and personal” with these fascinating creatures.

At age 86, Mager still travels the Eastern U.S. giving educational programs such as this one. She has cared for more than 80 injured eagles and hundreds of other raptors, and has housed up to 36 birds of prey in her backyard at one time.

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