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St. John's preschool children get to see birds of prey in class

April 08, 2012
  • A representative of Trego Mountain Sanctuary is shown in the background with a bird of prey that she brought to show students at St. John's Parish Preschool in Hagerstown.
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The children of St. John's Parish Preschool in Hagerstown collected supplies and donations for some pretty unusual recipients.

They were recently visited by Trego Mountain Sanctuary and had the opportunity to visit, up close and personal, with a Red-Tail Hawk named Jeremiah and a large Eagle Owl, affectionately named Nicky.

Trego Mountain Sanctuary is a treatment facility for ill, injured and orphaned birds of prey.

Trego’s goal is to provide free  of charge a sanctuary for such birds and animals when they are brought to the facility at 4016 Trego Road in Keedysville.

The staff and volunteers provide a safe, clean environment for them to safely recuperate from any injuries that have been sustained.

They evaluate the condition of each bird and animal, providing medical assistance as needed.

Then, they care for them during their convalescence, with the goal to always return as many animals as possible back into a safe wild habitat. 

Preschool Director Lisa Appleby said it is very important for children to learn about wildlife in Washington County and how they can help to preserve it.

St. John's Parish Preschool is at 101 S. Prospect St.

For more information, call 301-733-2560, ext. 110.

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