June 5, 2012
Kellogg Environmental Center Hosts Horizon Wings
Naugatuck Valley Audubon and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) will host Horizon Wings at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby, Connecticut. Mary-Beth Kaeser from Horizon Wings will introduce us to some of the birds that they have saved. Come meet Corbin the Crow (who is learning to talk), Dakota the Red-Tailed Hawk, Silo the Barn Owl and Athena the Peregrine Falcon. Learn what features all raptors have in common. Discover their individual stories of survival, as well as the characteristics and behaviors of each species and learn what you can do to help them.
Horizon Wings, a non-profit organization for the rehabilitation of raptors, was formed in 2001 by Mary-Beth Kaeser and her husband, Alan Nordell. Mary-Beth has been a Wildlife Rehabilitator since 1985. Alan has had a life-long interest in raptors and has been involved for many years with the Bald Eagle Study Group in Connecticut.
At Horizon Wings their mission is to rehabilitate birds of prey for release into the wild in order to maintain their population, and to educate the public to improve awareness of the environment. They hope that by doing this they reach people of all ages and create the desire in everyone to help preserve our natural world. All of the program birds in the care of Horizon Wings are unable to survive in the wild, but have overcome their individual challenges and have learned to adapt to their new lives as feathered ambassadors.
Come meet a special guest....Beamer - Horizon Wings’ Ambassador and Mascot. Beamer is an Eastern Box Turtle. Box turtles are on the state's List of Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Species as a species of special concern due to loss of habitat. Beamer came to Horizon Wings approximately 12 years ago, when Mary-Beth was working at Bolton Veterinary Hospital. Beamer was brought into the hospital suffering from a severe upper respiratory infection. During her treatment, it was discovered she was missing a hind leg, which made it difficult for her to get around. To make it easier on her, Dr. Zyra came up with the idea of making a prosthesis from a Lego trike. The idea worked, and Beamer soon became a wonderful ambassador and mascot for Horizon Wings.
This program is wonderful for the whole family. A donation of $5.00 is requested. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting. For further information, directions or to register, please phone the Kellogg Environmental Center at (203) 734-2513 or contact Dennis Kocyla at (203) 734-9325 or firstname.lastname@example.org