TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga Elementary School children and faculty joined Carillon Garden Club members recently for a program on birds of prey and other local animals from the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York State in Hartford.
Beth Bidwell of the Wildlife Institute brought three birds of prey, a snapping turtle and a milk snake with her to educate and delight her audiences during the day at the elementary school.
A Red Tailed Hawk, a Peregrine Falcon, and a Barred Owl were introduced to the audiences. They had all been rescued after being injured in the wild and are now permanent residents of the institute.
"Being able to see and learn about these magnificent creatures up close was an amazing opportunity for all who attended," said Betty Rettig president of the garden club.
The Carillon Garden Club sponsored this program, in part, after raising funds through the sale of holiday wreaths last fall. Garden Club Youth Committee chairwoman Sharon Lonergan coordinated the sponsorship with Principal Anne Dreimiller and staff member Sarah Chapin.
The next regular meeting of the Carillon Garden Club will be on Thursday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at the Hague Community Building, Route 8, Hague.
Following the business meeting, members will break for lunch and at 1 p.m. Emily DeBolt, education and outreach coordinator for the Lake George Association ,will talk about turtles found in the area and how they are monitored.
The Carillon Garden Club is a non-profit organization that promotes interest in gardening, aids in the protection and conservation of natural resources, protects civic beauty and studies and advances the fine arts of gardening, landscape design, floral design and horticulture. New members are always welcome.
For more information, call club Rettig at 585-7247.