Final Floating Classroom of 2023 focuses on Raptors of the River as preparations begin for 2024 season
Sixty people joined the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association on Oct. 3, 2023, for its final Floating Classroom program of the season for an overview of Raptors of the River.
The lower level presentation was led by regional Department of Environmental Protection's Megan Lehman as she discussed the Peregrine Falcon and its nest at the agency's Harrisburg headquarters and how the species as a whole has bounced back from near extinction due to DDT poisoning.
On the upper level, Environmental Education Leadership for Students (EELS) participant Fallon Emert led a discussion on raptors/birds of prey in general ... what makes them special, the differences in their beaks and talons, how they impact the ecosystem, etc. It included special models she and her family created and a PowerPoint overview she developed.
Her mother, Tammy, led a craft afterward with younger participants developing birds of prey masks in the shapes of owls and hawks.
While this is the final Floating Classroom for 2023, we are working on plans for 2024. You can provide feedback on our 2023 programs and give us ideas for what you'd like to see in 2024 by filling out the survey here (and even be eligible for some free tickets for the 2024 Floating Classroom series by giving your feedback).
Some photos from our Oct. 3 Raptors of the River cruise:
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.