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Birds of prey land in Ti

TICONDEROGA - Beth Bidwell of The Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York is no stranger to the Ticonderoga School District. She has brought her birds to the Elementary School many times in the last number of years.

She recently made her first trip to Ticonderoga Middle School.

Bidwell, through a grant from International Paper Company, brought four birds of prey with her to Janet Mallon's seventh grade classes and Jim Burgey's sixth grade classes. The birds included an American Kestrel, a Peregrine Falcon, a Barred Owl and a Red-tailed Hawk.

As each bird in turn was perched on Bidwell's hand, she explained the adaptations of each bird and pointed them out on the live bird. Each bird had been rehabilitated after being hit by a car or truck, but was left somehow too impaired to be released back into the wild.

After each bird was shown, students were allowed to ask questions. At the end of each presentation, Bidwell challenged the students to put down their various electronic forms of entertainment and get outside to take in the Adirondack region.

"We very much appreciate Ms. Bidwell coming to the middle school to make five presentations in a row, one to each group," Principal Bruce Tubbs said. "The students were in awe and really learned a lot from her visit. We would also like to extend our gratitude to International Paper Company for their support of such programs from which our community greatly benefits."

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