Birds of Prey

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 23, 2016

Morgan Crowson, Thomas Turner and Cade Taylor were amazed by the Great Horned Horned Owl that AWC education intern Lauren Muncher shows off to the crowd on Friday at the “Birds of Prey” program at A.P.P.L.E.

Morgan Crowson, Thomas Turner and Cade Taylor were amazed by the Great Horned Horned Owl that AWC education intern Lauren Muncher shows off to the crowd on Friday at the “Birds of Prey” program at A.P.P.L.E.

Alabama Wildlife Center’s members came to the A.P.P.L.E. program on Friday afternoon to show and teach the children about Alabama’s birds of prey.

“We are the largest and oldest wildlife rehabilitation and education center in the state of Alabama,” AWC Executive Director Doug Adair said. “Every year we rescues and rehabilitate more than 2,000 birds of more than 100 species.”

Adair said that the center goes out all over the state doing their “Birds of Prey” educational program for schools throughout the year.

The program tells all about the birds of prey in Alabama, and they also bring several birds of prey in for the children to look at. The center talks about how they rescue injured birds and rehabilitate them for release back in the wild.

Adair said that the birds that are used in the program are ones that have been injured to the extent that they couldn’t safely be released back in the wild.

“This program we did from 239 schools all over the state last year,” Adair said. “We teach the children about the amazing resources and wildlife that we have here in Alabama. We teach them about protecting our wildlife so that it will be there for our children and grandchildren to enjoy like we have.”