Cleveland Middle students experience wildlife

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Posted 10/22/17

On Friday, Oct. 6, the Cleveland-based Raptors and Reptiles educational program presented various species of local and exotic wildlife to the 6 Purple, 6 Red and 6 White Teams at Cleveland Middle …

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Cleveland Middle students experience wildlife

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On Friday, Oct. 6, the Cleveland-based Raptors and Reptiles educational program presented various species of local and exotic wildlife to the 6 Purple, 6 Red and 6 White Teams at Cleveland Middle School.

Mishala Mundall and Doug Boucher showed three raptors, three snakes and a blue-tongued skink to teach students about the various behaviors of prey and predators.

Students learned details about habitat, eating habits, characteristics of reptiles, falconry and more.  After the program, students had the option of having a hands-on experience with a few of the animals getting to touch a red-tailed hawk, Ecuadorian milksnake and even a 12-foot reticulated python!

Not only was it a fun activity on the day before fall break, but it was also directly relevant to the sixth-grade science curriculum in Tennessee.  Students actually got to see and touch what standard SPI 0607.2.1 expects students to be able to do: “Classify organisms as producers, consumers, scavengers, or decomposers according to their role in a food chain or food web.”

Raptors and Reptiles is a local education program whose mission is, “To instill in people a love for some of the more unusual creatures in nature! ‘The only difference between scary and beautiful is knowledge.’”

See www.raptorsandreptiles.com or check out their Facebook page for more information.

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