The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 23, 2013

Rapt 4H'ers learn about raptors

By Kim West
kwest@athensnews-courier.com

— The Alabama 4-H Center Raptor Trek made a pit stop Friday for a show and tell with Limestone County 4-H’ers at Clements Baptist Church.

Becky Collier, program coordinator of environmental education at the 4-H Youth Development Center, spoke to more than 100 students in grades 5-12 about raptors, or birds of prey.

During the presentation, Collier introduced several raptors, including an owl with an injured wing and an apparent case of stage fright. She also showcased a hawk named Emily, which had a dislocated left shoulder and was rescued from a Tuscaloosa County roadway along with two of her siblings.

Collier explained to her rapt audience that raptors capture their prey using their talons rather than their beaks.