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Grange Gets A Personal Look At Birds Of Prey

April 22, 2011 by Special To The ...

Hawks, owls, and falcons are most frequently seen in the wild, but it's not often you find them in a Grange Hall. A near capacity crowd gathered at Cheshire Grange Hall on Wednesday evening, April 20, to experience a special program on raptor rehabilitation presented by Horizon Wings of Ashford.
CheshireBirds-PeregrineFalcon.jpgHorizon Wings, a non-profit organization, was formed in 2001 by Mary Beth Kaeser and her husband, Alan Nordell. They showed four birds as part of their presentation - a Barred Owl named Emrys, a Red-Tailed Hawk named Dakota, Chico, a Broad-Winged Hawk, and a Peregrine Falcon named Athena (pictured). Each animal has their own story on how they were injured, rescued, and rehabilitated. A three-legged Box Turtle named Beamer, who is Horizon Wings' mascot, was also part of the program.
Ruel Miller, president of Cheshire Grange, was very pleased with the presentation. "It was a great evening at Cheshire Grange, just like the good old days," he said. "I was very proud of everything and the way things were presented. We take pride in our programs and how we present ourselves to the public."
The hour-long presentation focused on the behavior and characteristics of birds of prey as well as their environmental challenges, and included a discussion on the environment and recycling cans, plastic, plastic cups, and fishing lines, all of which pose a peril to birds and ground mammals.
The program was sponsored by Cheshire Grange's Family Activities committee. The committee had a display table showing the various projects and contests for the year, introduced the presentation, and hosted a successful tea-cup auction, full of many wonderful items, including a variety of homemade baked goods, to close the evening.
Connecticut State Grange President Jody Cameron and his family made the trek to Cheshire Grange for the evening. "Our hats go off to Horizon Wings for the incredible work they're doing," Cameron said. "It was a fabulous, educational, entertaining evening. The hall was filled with Cheshire Grange members and visiting Granges from across the state, as well as many friends of the Grange. Everyone came away with a new appreciation for these beautiful birds."
Cheshire Grange, organized in 1885, has been active in the Cheshire community for over 125 years through their service projects, agricultural fair, numerous family-oriented activities and special events. For information on Cheshire Grange, contact Ruel Miller at (203) 272-8255.
For more information on the organization, please visit the Connecticut State Grange website at http://www.CTStateGrange.org.

Our thanks goes to Terri Fassio, marketing director and public relations co-director for the Grange, for providing us with this article.

Comments

Always a great show to see

April 22, 2011 by Production, 3 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 1659

I encourage anyone to see this show as Mary Beth Kaeser and Alan Nordell always do a spectacular job. When I was in my teens they used to bring their shows to the Nelson's Family Campground during Pau Wau events and it was a real treat.

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