A-State celebrates Earth Day

A-State celebrates Earth Day
An event Friday celebrated Earth Day. Students had the opportunity to learn about the environment. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An event Friday on the Arkansas State University campus gave students an opportunity to talk about the environment as well as provide information and research on the issue.

High school and college students presented the research at the A-State Earth Day event at the A-State Student Union. Earth Day is set to be celebrated Sunday, April 22 but the event was held two days early on the A-State campus.

Makayla Norbell, who attends Riverside High School, said she worked on research dealing with birds and their behavior. She studied grackles, blue jays, cardinals and crows to learn more about whether or not climate change has an impact on the feeding habits of the birds.

"Because of the colder weather, they've been coming out in the weather they wouldn't have normally been coming out in," Norbell said. "Whether is pouring rain or the day we had a little bit of snow, they would still come out and feed."

In addition to the students, Chad Pregracke, the founder and president of Living Lands and Waters, a non-profit river cleanup organization, also spoke during the event.

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