Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Spaghetti Lunch was a Success!

On February 15, 2009 the Friends of REGI hosted a wonderful spaghetti lunch at the Knights of Columbus in Antigo. It was a wonderful change of pace for the REGI staff that has been working hard all winter long under stressful patient conditions. The Valentine’s Day festive decorations and 150 community supporters filled the hall with encouragement and hope.

The entire REGI team was available to interact with the public, answer questions, share stories, and of course show off our famous feathered friends. The Turkey Vulture, Barn Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Saw-whet owl, Goshawk, and Great Horned Owl where just a few of our feathered educators that were available that day. We had a table full of skulls, feathers, and bones that people were welcome to pick up and explore. We also had the identifier along to play all the birds unique calls. Many of REGI’s wonderful volunteers were on hand to help give out information, sign up new volunteers and clean up the many natural signs (aka scat) our feathered friends left behind. Thank you clean up crew!

One highlight of the event was taking your photo with a raptor. People of all ages were lining up to get their very own snap shot. It was wonderful to see the eyes of a child become wide with excitement and curiosity. A picture really was worth a thousand words that day.

Special thank you to Kathy Fenno and Kim Woyak for all your hard work that went into this successful day.

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