Saturday, April 27, 2013

For the Birds: Earth Day at the Raptor Center

Our weekend started with Evan's soccer practice.  Look how hard he's working!

After soccer I took the two younger boys to the Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education center.  I had read about their Earth Day celebration through a homeschooling group e-mail and thought it sounded like something Alec would just love.

We stayed for 3 hours!

The place was actually very small but they had so many wonderful programs and people handling the birds so the kids could see them up close.  It was wonderful-- and cheap too!

Once we paid our $9 admission pretty much everything was included (though donations were asked for and in total we spent $20).

The boys got temporary tattoos painted on.

Evan's dragon tattoo

Alec's tattoo of a flower and some butterflies
They filled out raffle tickets for prizes, and had tons of snacks, baked goods, and lemonade.

Snack time!

There were owl pellets for the kids to dissect and handouts that they could compare the bones they found with the ones on the page.

using tweezers to pull out bones

Evan further dissecting his owl pellet

They had a great time playing with a birdsong machine learning all the different calls and sounds birds make.  We got to plant seeds into eggs shells and little cartons for taking home.

Alec plants a seed that we got to take home
They got to pet a llama and talk about sheering the animal with the owner.  She showed the boys what types of things they can make with the llama fur once they spin it into thread/yarn.

And, of course we learned a lot about birds.

We walked around and read about all the different birds they have.  We saw peregrine falcons, a barn owl, screech owls, a barred owl, a raven, a crow, a red shouldered hawk, a couple of vultures, two kestrels, and many more.

They listened to a story with the great horned owl.  It was a very fitting story about what to do if you find a baby bird.

 All in all is was wonderful day and very informative.  The kids were so excited about everything they got to see and do.

presentation about the animals and the center

The male kestrel

Both the little screech owls

The turkey vulture

The boys learning about peregrine falcons

The raven

Alec asking about the red shouldered hawk

Story time

The great horned owl

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