NASHVILLE, Ind. -- The Indiana Raptor Center (IRC -- formerly Return to the Wild), Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District (BCSWCD) and the Brown County Hills Office of the Nature Conservancy (TNC) will host an informative meeting on raptor habitat and preservation in the Brown County area.
The event will take place 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 28, at the Parkview Nazarene Church, 1750 State Road 46, Nashville.
The guest speaker is Larry Terrell, Vegetation Management Supervisor for South Central Indiana REMC, who along with team members, will speak on how the electric utility is enhancing and protecting wildlife habitat in rural communities.
The Raptor Enhancement Program is an extension of South Central Indiana REMC's nationally recognized efforts to conserve wildlife in and around its power line easements and corridors by providing food plots of native grass mixes, fruit bearing trees and bushes, bluebird and bat nesting boxes.
The Raptor Enhancement Program provides hunting perches, nesting platforms and nesting boxes, for native hawks, owls, falcons and eagles in areas serviced by SCI-REMC.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
"South Central Indiana REMC members are especially encouraged to attend the program," Terrell said.
"This effort is being made to provide hunting and nesting opportunities outside of the power line easements while decreasing the number of electric service interruptions and loss of valuable wildlife in our areas."
The REMC partners with Indiana Raptor Center as a consulting resource for platform or box selection and placement. The preservation and encouragement of the animals is important to the BCSWCD and TNC mission points of environmental and wildlife preservation, and will complement IRC's raptor release site program in the Brown County Hills area.
Attendees will be able to ask questions and meet the project developers and coordinators of the REMC programs and staff members from IRC, TNC and BCSWCD.
They will also be able to view the many platforms, nest boxes and protective equipment for power lines available and in use today.
Refreshments will be served.
South Central Indiana REMC is the largest distribution cooperative in the state and serves Brown, Morgan, Monroe, Owen and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties. It services more than 33,000 members and 3,300 miles of line.