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Georgia Southern expands Raptor Center

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Georgia Southern's Bald Eagle has long been the star of the university's wildlife center. But it now shares the stage with ducks and other birds. Crews are putting the finishing touches on the center's 12 acre expansion.

"We're are opening Saturday in what is the culmination of nine years of hard work," said Executive Director Seve Hein. 

They created what many schools would try to destroy - ponds, creeks and wetlands -- from what was a developed area right in the middle of the campus. From here, guides can show visitors a part of nature many take for granted.

"People will come here and see some 15 to 20 species of indigenous birds, water fowl. We're talking about ducks and others that are dependent on Georgia's ecosystem and waterways," said Hein. 

He and the university are also dependent on private donors to raise the two million dollars to make this happen and they know they need more.

One change that goes into effect Monday will be a two dollar admission charge for adults and a dollar for children. But you can save money and buy a one year pass for just eight bucks.

Hein hopes guests will understand how important and practical conservation can be.