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From their hollow bones to the cones in a falcon’s nostrils, the bodies of birds of prey are designed for maximum efficiency in flight, reproduction, hunting, and survival.

The final Science Forum of the semester will feature a close-up look at raptors.

Natalie Mong, founder and education director for Upstate Birds of Prey, will bring live birds with her to illustrate the differences between the wings of daytime and nighttime raptors and show how the birds’ talons are designed for hunting and survival.

Mong’s presentation, “The Fascinating Biology of Birds of Prey” will be held at noon on Friday, November 20, in the Scripps Convergence Lab on the fourth floor of the Communications Building in Circle Park.

Upstate Birds of Prey was established to assist in the capture, rehabilitation, and release of injured and orphaned birds of prey back into the wild.

The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation.

Free and open to the public, the Science Forum consists of a forty-minute presentation followed by a Q-and-A session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch to this event. The Science Forum is sponsored by the UT Office of Research and Engagement and Quest, an initiative to raise awareness of the research, scholarship, and creative activity happening on campus.

The Science Forum will resume in the spring semester. For more information, visit

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,