Next Wednesday, January 28th, representatives of the Southeastern Raptor Center housed within Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will be making a special visit to two schools in Monroe and Clarke counties. See: http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/raptor/.
Sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Foundation as part of its Blackbelt Initiative, students at J. U. Blacksher (Uriah) and Thomasville Elementary (Thomasville) will see live birds of prey including eagles, falcons and owls up-close. As they hear about the impressive adaptations and behaviors of these remarkable birds, students will learn habitat, conservation and ecology of Alabama’s forests.
Yes…Auburn’s Eagles will be there! Nova (“War Eagle VII”), a golden eagle hatched in 1999, and Spirit (“American Emblem”), a bald eagle weighing nine pounds, are well known as part of one of the greatest football traditions in the country. See http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/home/programs-and-centers/southeastern-raptor-center/about-the-center/about-our-eagles#.VL_SdS4nuss.
“By bringing the Southeastern Raptor Center to our Black Belt Initiative schools, we hope to pique the interest of students in the outdoors and in Alabama’s abundant forests,” explains Alabama Forestry Association Executive Vice-President Chris Isaacson.
The Alabama Forestry Foundation was founded in 1978 to promote the stewardship and sustainable management of Alabama’s forest resources. The Foundation develops programs that focus on K-12 students, teachers, landowners, and loggers with the goal of sustainably managing Alabama’s abundant and diverse forest resources.
Designed as a multi-phase program, the Alabama Forestry Foundations’ Black Belt Initiative strives to provide job opportunity awareness and enhanced math and science skills while providing a path to future employment in the forest industry for residents in Alabama’s rural communities.
“Through such interactive educational experiences as the upcoming raptor program at J.U. Blacksher and Thomasville, we encourage student dreams to soar to new heights,” shares Isaacson.
The presentation at J.U. Blacksher will begin at 9:00 am and the presentation at Thomasville Elementary will be at 1:00 pm. The presentations are anticipated to last an hour. AFA members are encouraged to come and visit and participate in the event. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Smith at (334) 481-2133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.