The World Bird Sanctuary will bring live raptors to Cahokia Mounds at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7.
COLLINSVILLE — Raptors will take to the air and runners will hit the trail the weekend of Nov. 7-8 at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
The World Bird Sanctuary brings live birds of prey to Cahokia Mounds at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. The Raptor Awareness Show is free. Guests should arrive early to claim a seat because no one will be admitted after the show begins in order to not disturb the birds.
The show will include a discussion of the characteristics and habitats of birds that will be displayed, which may include an eagle, hawk, falcon, buzzard, kestrel, owls and other raptors. The highlight of the show will be birds flying over audience members’ heads.
The site will host the City of the Sun 5-K Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. The entry fee is $25 or $35 for two family members. Preregistration is required. The form can be found at bit.ly/CahokiaMounds5K. Participants can also visit www.RacesOnline.com or call (618) 344-7316. Registration fees are non-refundable.
Awards will be given for top male and female and for first-, second- and third-place finishers in each of the seven age divisions. The top five walkers also will be honored.
The 5K will be held rain or shine but may be canceled if there is lightning. No dogs allowed. The trail is level and winds through several cultural and natural areas, including woodland and grasslands. The trail includes sidewalks, gravel, grass and dirt, which can be muddy when wet. Check the Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site Facebook page for updates.
Registration packets can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Interpretive Center’s gift shop or after 8 a.m. the morning of the race. The event is sponsored by the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society to raise money for educational programs, events, research and land acquisition at Cahokia Mounds.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is eight miles from downtown St. Louis in Collinsville off Interstates 55/70 (exit 6) and Interstate 255 (exit 24), on Collinsville Road.
The historic site’s mounds are the largest Native American earthworks north of Mexico. They were part of a huge city created by the Mississippian culture that flourished 1,000 years ago in the Midwest and South.
There is no admission fee but a donation of $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $2 for students and $15 for families is suggested. The site is open Wednesday through Sunday.
For information, call (618) 346-5160 or visit www.cahokiamounds.org.