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Birds "prey" on Moriah

PORT HENRY A falcon is the fastest animal in the world. Moriah Central School elementary students learned that and much more during a presentation on birds of prey recently. The program was presented by Beth Bidwell, executive director of the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York. It featured live hawks, falcons and owls. Bidwell explained the special adaptations that have put the animals at the top of the food chain. All of the birds of prey in the program were rescued from life-threatening injuries and can no longer live in the wild, Bidwell explained, but they can help educate the public about their importance to the ecosystem. Bidwell presents about 300 programs a year to schools, senior centers, nursing homes, libraries and other organizations. Besides the birds of prey program, the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York offers programs on local wildlife, Adirondack animals and birds. The purpose of the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York, based in Hartford, is to increase appreciation of the natural world through education. It provides live-animal presentations to groups of all ages and backgrounds as it attempts to foster environmental stewardship. Bidwell has a bachelors degree in biology, coursework in education and 15 years of experience in environmental education and ecology.

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