Students conduct wildlife tours

Photo provided by Cheri Hart:
Lucy Hart, a Van Antwerp Middle School student, dressed as a brown bat to give elementary students a presentation on the benefits of bats and how to observe them. Here, she poses with a parent and student on the tour. 
Saturday, October 29, 2016.Photo provided by Cheri Hart: Lucy Hart, a Van Antwerp Middle School student, dressed as a brown bat to give elementary students a presentation on the benefits of bats and how to observe them. Here, she poses with a parent and student on the tour. Saturday, October 29, 2016.

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NISKAYUNA- A few ‘guest’ animals joined ranks with the wildlife at Reist Sanctuary on October 29.

Seven Niskayuna students, mostly from Van Antwerp Middle School and one from Hillside Elementary, dressed to represent the woodland animals found in the sanctuary and gave tours to elementary students on local wildlife.

Katarina Mills, who designed and created her costume to represent a Red Fox, told the tour groups about the beauty of the foxes, but also of the dangers.

“. . . you can appreciate them from afar,” Mills said.

Other presenters included: Suchi Mehta as an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit, Lucy Hart as a brown bat, Chloe Pepe as a Red Tailed Hawk (who substituted for Anna Vinciguerra), Lily Bosco as a white-tailed deer and Madeline Mills as a striped skunk.

The ‘guest’ wildlife led students through a tour of Reist Sanctuary and helped keep students engaged by playing educational games and storytelling.

This also helped to raise money for the Reist Sanctuary. Although another round of tours was scheduled for Sunday, October 30, the students had to cancel due to rain. However, they may reschedule for a later date.

If you’re interested in the tours or to donate to the sanctuary, visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48a8ae23a0fb6-trick