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A sneak peak in Kuna of a film about Morley Nelson

The public will get the chance to learn more about celebrated naturalist Morley Nelson at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at the Kuna Library in Kuna.

The Ada County Historic Preservation Council, along with the Kuna Historical Society and the Kuna Library, host Aldis Garsvo showing his “director’s cut” of Canyons of the Eagles, an 11-minute promotional film about what will eventually be a one-hour PBS program on Morley Nelson and the Snake River Canyon.

Tyler Nelson, Morley’s son, will be at the screening, along with a special winged guest, Slim the golden eagle.

This is a free, family-friendly event.

Garsvo’s presentation will be in honor of the Ada County Historic Preservation Council’s annual County Treasures awards, which recognize historic properties in Ada County.

Nelson put Kuna on the map in the 1960s and 1970s through his work with the raptors of the Snake River Canyon south of town. So great was his influence in creating the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area that in 2009 it was named after him. His efforts to protect and preserve the home to the largest nesting population of birds of prey in North America brought Walt Disney to Kuna.

Many films for the Wonderful World of Disney, a popular Sunday night family television event during the 1960s, were filmed just a half-hour south of Kuna.

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