A hawk, turtle and rabbit from Ruffner Mountain's educational program paid a visit to Girls Inc. summer camp attendees last week. The 2nd grade girls had a chance to see a broad-winged hawk named Tawodi and ask Chivon Morse, Ruffner Mountain’s Wildlife Curator, questions about the bird. While the hawk was kept at a safe distance, the girls were able to pet the visiting domesticated checkered rabbit (Sherlock) and Eastern box turtle (Harriet) as well as touch an empty turtle shell, hawk wing, and rabbit skull. The presentation included the habitat of each animal, what makes each unique, and more. The girls were fascinated by the experience and asked many questions. Another presentation is scheduled for July 14th!
Ruffner Mountain is a 1,038-acre urban nature preserve located in Birmingham, Alabama. They are one of the largest privately held 501(c)(3) urban nature preserves in the United States. Their educational program is based on the basic concept that humans are a part of nature. For more information on the programs Ruffner Mountain offers, go to: http://ruffnermountain.org/