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Wildlife Weekend at Shiloh

Shiloh National Park will host a weekend of activities related to wildlife.

SHILOH, Tenn. ­-- Shiloh National Military Park will offer various wildlife programs on April 21-22 to kick off National Park Week.

"Shiloh Battlefield is home to over 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, as well as over 200 species of birds that reside within its 6,000-acre borders," said Superintendent Dale Wilkerson. "We are pleased to partner with Tennessee State Parks to present some of these creatures close-up for our visitors."

Tennessee Park Ranger Brittney Magness from Pickwick Landing State Park will introduce a live snake and a bird of prey to park visitors on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This program will be held at the Park Visitor Center. Ranger Magness will discuss the habitats and biology of these animals, and visitors will get a close-up look of both animals in a safe environment.

On Sunday April 22, NPS Ranger Marcus Johnson will offer an informal program on the battlefield's most famous wildlife residents, the bald eagle nesting pair. The eagles have made Shiloh Battlefield their home since the fall of 2007, and their nest tree, a tall loblolly pine, is located in Cloud Field near the intersection of Brown's Landing Road and Hamburg-Savannah Road.

Ranger Johnson will discuss the history of the eagles at the park, the present stage of the eaglet's development, and answer any questions visitors may have about bald eagles.

The program will take place at the nesting site at 2 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes, and the ranger will remain at the site until 4 p.m. to answer any questions.

For more information about these programs, please contact the Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center at 731-689-5696, or e-mail Shiloh Resource Management Specialist Marcus Johnson at Marcus_Johnson@nps.gov. Visit them at www.nps.gov/shil, and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShilohNMP and Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/shilohnps.