Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary pub­lishes new chil­dren’s book

Story about lo­cal vul­ture brings education and in­spi­ra­tion to the Moun­tain and chil­dren every­where

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Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary staff and in­terns have pub­lished a new chil­dren’s book, en­ti­tled Percy the Vic­to­ri­ous Vul­ture, which is based on the true and in­spi­ra­tional story of a flight- less black vul­ture in Kempton, PA. The pub­li­ca­tion serves as an education tool to teach chil­dren about vul­ture be­hav­ior, rap­tor con­ser­va­tion, and cit­i­zen sci­ence.

Percy the Vic­to­ri­ous Vul­ture was writ­ten by Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary staff and in­terns: Erin Brown, Direc­tor of Con­ser­va­tion, who au­thored the story, Dr. Keith Bild­stein, Direc­tor of Con­ser­va­tion Sci­ence, who au­thored the in­tro­duc­tion, Lau­ren Beauch­ner, former artist in res­i­dence, who cre­ated the il­lus­tra­tions, and Zoey Green­berg, education in­tern, who au­thored “The Im­por­tance of Vul­tures.”

This book has been in devel­op­ment since Beauch­ner’s artist res­i­dency in the sum­mer of 2015. Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary self­pub­lished the 28- page book, which in­cludes the back­ground in­tro­duc­tion, story, ed­u­ca­tional sec­tion, and glos­sary, with sup­port from the Penn­syl­va­nia Wild Re­source Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gram of the PA Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Nat­u­ral Re­sources.

Percy’s story is one of per­se­ver­ance and sur­vival, while of­fer­ing a whole­some les­son about wildlife and vul­tures specif­i­cally. This book will spark an in­ter­est in an­i­mal and con­ser­va­tion sci­ence in chil­dren every­where.

Erin, the Direc­tor of Education at Hawk Moun­tain and au­thor of Percy’s story, ex­presses her ex­cite- ment for this pub­li­ca­tion: “This story will not only de­light the vis­ual senses of young chil­dren as they learn about black vul­tures, but it will also teach them about the im­por­tance of per­se­ver­ance.”

The e- book is avail­able for down­load on­line at hawk­moun­tain. org/ kids, or the phys­i­cal book can be pur­chased at the Moun­tain Book­store in the Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary Vis­i­tor Cen­ter.

The 2,500- acre Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and is open to the pub­lic year- round by trail­fee or mem­ber­ship, which in turn sup­ports the non- profit or­ga­ni­za­tion’s rap­tor con­ser­va­tion mis­sion and lo­calto- global re­search, train­ing, and education pro­grams. To learn more about Hawk Moun­tain or other pro­grams, please call 610756- 6961 or visit www. hawk­moun­tain. org.

Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary staff and in­terns pub­lished a new chil­dren’s book, “Percy the Vic­to­ri­ous Vul­ture.”

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