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Bald Eagle Spreads Its Wings, Awareness At Trumbull Library Event

Atka the Bald Eagle spreads his wings at Sunday's event at the Trumbull Library.
Atka the Bald Eagle spreads his wings at Sunday's event at the Trumbull Library. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Adults and children enjoyed seeing birds of prey.
Adults and children enjoyed seeing birds of prey. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Atka the Bald Eagle at Sunday's event.
Atka the Bald Eagle at Sunday's event. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Horizon Wings founder Mary-Beth Kaeser and Dakota, a red-tailed hawk.
Horizon Wings founder Mary-Beth Kaeser and Dakota, a red-tailed hawk. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A Horizon Wings expert shows off a barred owl.
A Horizon Wings expert shows off a barred owl. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The crowd watches as Horizon Wings shows birds of prey at Sunday's event.
The crowd watches as Horizon Wings shows birds of prey at Sunday's event. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Dakota, a Red Tailed Hawk, at Sunday's event.
Dakota, a Red Tailed Hawk, at Sunday's event. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Athena, a Peregrine Falcon, at Sunday's event.
Athena, a Peregrine Falcon, at Sunday's event. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

TRUMBULL, Conn. — A crowd turned out in Trumbull on Sunday to get an up-close look at a bald eagle and to learn more about the manmade dangers the national bird faces.

The Trumbull Library hosted the Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation & Education Organization on Sunday, which told a crowd of kids and adults about birds of prey and about its work.

"We want to provide education and bring awareness, so we can keep these birds here for future generations," Horizon Wings owner Mary-Beth  told Daily Voice. "We usually get a very positive response. People get emotional when they learn about how they get injured, so we get a positive response from people.

"We do rehab, and release the ones that can go back. The ones we show — at schools, libraries, — are the ones that cannot go back to the wild."

Kaeser formed Horizon Wings, which is based in Ashford, in 2001.

At Sunday's program, Horizon Wings experts showed off a barred owl, a peregrine falcon, a red-tailed hawk and a bald eagle, talking briefly about each one. They also talked to the crowd about keeping the environment clean of cans and plastic, and the many dangerous effects of man's trash on animal life.

For more information on Horizon Wings, visit www.horizonwings.org .

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