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4-H members learn about falconry, continue with battery and can recycling programs

Local falconer Bill Smyth brought his peregrine falcon and nine homing pigeons to the Wolf Creek Wonders 4-H Club meeting last Friday.

The falcon he brought is an 8-year old female named “Lady.” Smyth explained the hobby of falconry, how he trains his birds of prey, and gave historical and pertinent information about the peregrine falcon.

Smyth also explained the sport of homing pigeons and how they find their way home over extremely long distances. Club members went outside to view the homing pigeons, attach paper notes to their legs, and hold them. Simultaneously, the birds were released and club members watched the pigeons come together in a flock, circle in the air to determine their direction, and begin their flight to their coop in Smyth’s yard.

This 4-H Club also runs a program to recycle rechargeable batteries. There are seven sites around the county where you can deposit your rechargeable batteries: Ace Hardware, AT&T, Ponderosa Lumber, Radio Shack, Sisson Library, Verizon and Wyndam Resorts. Drop your recyclable items in the box at these locations and 4-H members will collect them monthly and mail them to Call2Recycle. which processes the batteries safely.

All six 4-H Clubs participate in recycling aluminum cans. Your aluminum cans can be brought to the Extension Office any time at your convenience and placed in the recycling location on the south side of the building in the corner adjacent to the building’s south entrance. Cans that are collected are taken to City Market and exchanged for the aluminum recycling price. The six 4-H clubs rotate on a monthly basis, taking the cans uptown. The money received from the recycling center is put into the 4-H Council treasury for the benefit of the entire 4-H program.

Both recycling services are offered year-round and we encourage all residents of the county to bring their rechargeable batteries and aluminum cans to the designated locations. Help 4-H and help your environment.

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