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Barred owl dissection

Finger Lakes Community College students Matt McCormick and Sarah Forestiere dissect a barred owl. 


HIT: To an example of making lemonade out of lemons.

Barred owl populations are continuing to spread west, so some of the animals are being killed by wildlife officials because they are overtaking the habitat of endangered spotted owls in some places.

In making the best of a bad situation, the Montezuma Audubon Center recently took delivery of a cooler full of dead birds so that they might be used in an educational setting. The center will now offer a dissection and discussion workshop so that people can learn more about the anatomy of the birds and about wildlife management.

MISS: To an Auburn man who shared child pornography on the internet.

The man was in county court this week, where he admitted to a single count of promoting an obscene performance by a child. He had been arrested last fall and charged with possessing still photos and videos of underage children that were described by an investigator as "God-awful."

He is expected to be sentenced to six months in the county jail followed by 10 years of probation. And he will be required to register as a sex offender.

HIT: To a student making a perfect grade.

It wasn't just any test that Nathan Lesch aced — it was the rigorous ACT, an exam that holds a lot of weight among college admissions professionals. Nathan, of Auburn, is a senior at Manlius Pebble Hill School in DeWitt, and has his sights set on moving on to college, so this achievement will surely help open some doors.

Nathan's score of 36 was one of just 203 perfect scores out of the 63,322 ACT tests taken by students in New York state in 2017.

The Citizen editorial board includes publisher Rob Forcey, executive editor Jeremy Boyer and managing editor Mike Dowd.