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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will hold a grand opening Saturday for an aviary for raptors, or birds of prey at Montgomery Bell State Park

Burns, TENNESSEE – According to the TDEC officials, the event at 11 a.m. is free and open to the public.

State officials have announced that activities will be at the park office at 1020 Jackson Hill Rd.

The facility will hold four aviaries, interpretive signage and a walkway to observe the various birds and landscaping.

Following the dedication ceremony, the park will have a Birds of Prey program with live raptors including non-releasable hawks, owls and a bald eagle.

These birds would not survive in the wild. Other activities at the event include hikes and a reptile program.

Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of TDEC, released the following statement:

“This will be a great addition to Montgomery Bell State Park. Our state is home to magnificent birds of prey, and this facility puts a special focus on them. Our state parks have a wide variety of programs, and birding is an important part of that. We hope people of all ages will visit to see and learn about the birds here.”

Snacks and drinks will be offered at the event, officials said.