Friday, November 19, 2010

A Raptor Visit to Wittenberg Elementary School

The REGI Education team was invited to the Wittenberg Elementary School yesterday evening to present two programs to the K-5 students and their families. Wittenberg is just down the road from us on Hwy 45.
The students and families were excited and asked excellent questions! The birds really responded to their interest and respect, and comfortably gazed at their inquisitive faces.

(Photo: Steve Fisher, REGI's Education Director, gives our introduction while the students and their families anxiously await the appearance of the first raptor. Photo credit: Elizabeth Foley)

(Photo: Steve discuses the common characteristics of raptors with Diana, the Red-tailed Hawk, as a beautiful example. I'm showing the students a close-up view of the powerful talons that all raptors possess. Photo credit: Elizabeth Foley)

(Photo: Steve and I discuss the similarities and differences between owls with Malcolm, the Barred Owl, and Fonzi, the Great Horned Owl. Notice that the Great Horned Owl has feather tufts on top of his head and yellow eyes while the Barred Owl has no feather tufts and dark eyes. Photo credit: Elizabeth Foley)

The hospitality of the staff and students was spectacular and they even sent us home with delicious pigs in a blanket! Thank you Wittenberg Elementary!

Have a great weekend everyone! Hunters, please be safe, and remember, save your deer hearts for our raptors! :)

Karissa Mohr
REGI Wildlife Educator

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