Sunday, May 1, 2016

Migration Celebration!

We were hoping for a nice sunny beautiful day with lots of kids to talk to about 4H. What we got was rain, cold and miserable weather and few kids popping by. Oh well, we still had a lot of fun!! We set up our table for our 4H club about 10:30 this morning.

Then we noticed the wildlife rehabilitators were in the barn with us. How did we notice? Turkey Vulture!! Maddie was wishing she had brought her good camera despite the weather forecast! 

We continued to wait for kids, well, anyone really! Finally a few people stopped by to try out our experiment. We had a variety of bird foods (or representative foods) and different types of tools that could be used as a beak. The idea was to figure out which one worked best by looking at a picture of the bird. Most kids got the idea pretty quickly and easily chose the right things. 

When things began to get slow again the kids went to check things out around us, they made a suet feeder and found a spot with turtles to look at. Even the adults at the surrounding tables meandered about a bit. We had the Audubon Society and Arbor in the barn along with the wildlife rehabilitator. 

The big event of the day was the release of a red tailed hawk into the wild. He fly without hesitation out of the box and across the river to the island. It was really something to see! We got one shot and Maddie managed a video which you can see here.

Now we are snuggled up and tucked in reading, computing and generally trying to get warmed up! 

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