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JCC Zoo Tech Students Project Unveiled at NYS Zoo at Thompson Park

The JCC Zoo Technology Program recently completed their capstone project to reconstruct the bald eagle and raven exhibit at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park. This project helped to fulfill the requirements of the students’ Zoo Action Project course, which is devoted to focusing knowledge and experience to initiate, plan, develop, implement and assess a hands-on project that will help enrich the lives of zoo animals.

On Sunday, May 15th the students unveiled the newly renovated bald eagle and raven exhibit at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park. This project included creating perches for the birds, planting new plants both inside and outside the enclosure, designing and creating enrichment devices, installing new fencing and making several repairs to the exhibit. The Zoo Technology class has spent the past three months in preparation for this project. They used their class time to host guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds to help guide them in the completion of the exhibit’s revitalization. These speakers included a horticulturist, a master falconer and zookeepers from the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park.

This was the first time the students worked together on one large project and they found they were able to accomplish more together.  The newly renovated exhibit was a successful project for the students and the applied learning they have been part of, as well as for the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, and most importantly Duncan the bald eagle and the ravens Lenore and Hyde.

 

(Left to right: Julia D. Miller, Joy Dean and Victoria Hawkins.) Jefferson Community College Zoo Technology students work on improvements to the bald eagle and raven enclosure at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, Watertown.