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Students Learn The Importance of Wildlife Preservation

Southwestern Middle School hosts "Birds of Prey" to teach students why these creatures are important to nature.

Posted: Jan. 22, 2018 5:33 PM
Updated: Jan. 22, 2018 5:38 PM

A middle school spread their wings today to welcome a program aimed to preserving wildlife.

Southwestern Middle School hosted Birds of Prey from the American Eagle Foundation to show students more than half a dozen eagles..falcons..vultures..owls and hawks.

Members of the foundation spent their day teaching over 200 students and faculty the features of each bird. They also shared their methods of rehabilitating and saving birds of prey. These types of birds are used to help hunt mice and lower the rodant population to reduce 

Foundation Coordinator, Karen Wilbur, says that more education is less rehabilitation for birds in the long run. Wilbur spent time during the presentation to explain how anyone can help a bird who may be injured.

"Never pick it up barehanded number one, because they do have powerful talons. Get an adult, or wear welders gloves, get a towel, wrap it over it's head, very carefully make sure you have the feet, lift it and take it to the nearest vet." Wilbur said.

Along with the descriptions of each bird, student volunteers were allowed to demonstrate what an eagle's vision would look like through the human eye and how much an eagle weighs.

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