Visitors to Thousand Hills State Park will have the opportunity to learn more about falconry on Saturday, August 3, from guest speaker and falconer Meagan Duffee. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the presentation will take place at the Point Shelter at 7 p.m.

Falconry, the hunting of wild game with birds of prey, dates back thousands of years and is still alive and well today. It is considered by many to be not just a sport, but an art form. In the state of Missouri, and indeed across the world, falconers hold the power of raptors in their hands. It takes a great deal of dedication and skill to work with these birds of prey. The program will cover what falconers do, what it takes to become a falconer and give visitors the opportunity to get an up close look at live raptors.

This program is free and participants are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket, as space in the shelter is limited. This program will last approximately one hour.

A visit to Thousand Hills State Park is also a great opportunity to log miles as a part of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles challenge. To celebrate Missouri’s distinction as the “Best Trails State” and to encourage Missourians to enjoy the outdoors, Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are inviting Missourians to join them in completing 100 Missouri Miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.

For more information and to take the Challenge, visit Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter.

Thousand Hills State Park is located two miles west of Kirksville on Highway 157.  For more information about the event, call the park at 660-665-6995.  For more information about Missouri State Parks, visit  Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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