On Thursday, April 14th, The Saklan School held an early Earth Day celebration! Earth Day is a holiday celebrated in multiple countries around the world to call attention to the need to protect our planet. At Saklan, each year we commemorate Earth Day by learning about how we can help different species on our planet by being aware of our daily choices.
This year, West Coast Falconry gave a presentation on raptors, sharing that they are meat eating birds that use their feet to eat. They brought 6 different birds with them, which they shared with the students: 2 falcons, 2 hawks, and 2 owls.
They even had one of the birds showcase their sight and flying abilities by flying across the room.
Following the presentation, the students came back to campus where they learned about a local endangered raptor, the California Condor, in family groups. The 8th graders led discussions about California Condor habitats, diets, predators, threats and recovery programs to help save the condors.
Students then wrote on a feather either one thing they can personally do to help raptors or one thing they learned about condors. The feathers were then put together to create a condor!