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Southeastern Raptor Center to Release Birds of Prey at Storybook Farm in Opelika July 25

By Janet McCoy, 334/844-3698,

Auburn, Alabama —

The Southeastern Raptor Center will release birds of prey back into their native habitat on Friday, July 25, at Storybook Farm in Opelika.

The release is to coincide with Storybook Bash, a program to celebrate and say thank you to the program’s volunteers and donors in the Lee County and surrounding communities.

“While it is too soon to say exactly how many birds and what species we will be releasing, we are proud to participate in this wonderful local program,” said Liz Crandall, assistant director for rehabilitation at the Southeastern Raptor Center, a division of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Injured birds of prey are rehabilitated at the center, given the necessary medical and therapy care they need before releasing them back to their native habitat.

Storybook farm is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring hope and healing to children facing life challenges.

The Southeastern Raptor Center has a three-fold mission of rehabilitation, education and conservation. Each year, the center treats close to 400 birds annually.

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MEDIA: Crandall will be available on Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at the Southeastern Raptor Center for interviews and show the birds of prey before they are released. Crandall can discuss the importance of leaving birds in their natural habitat unless they are injured or orphaned. Birds on the ground could mean they are learning to fly or foraging, not injured, and Crandall has tips on what the public can look for to determine the difference.

Contact: Janet McCoy, College of Veterinary Medicine, 334/844-3698;; for more information about Storybook Farms, contact Dena Little, 334/444-5966 at

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