|Albino barred owl named "Sugar." Photo by Jason Dykes.|
All things owlish—to learn all things about those nocturnal wonders—that was our "raison d'être," or at least it was on this Sunday afternoon.
At our first Owl-ology 101 class, future owlologists learned about all the species of owl that are found locally, dissected an owl pellet in search of rodent bones, met an eastern screech-owl and went on a hike in the woods searching for owls. (But wait there's more!)
Ijams volunteer naturalist Laura Twilley also prepared owl-themed treats including too-cute-to-eat chocolate owl cupcakes.
But, the oohs and ahhs of the workshop came when local wildlife rehabilitator Lynne McCoy entered the classroom with the albino barred owl named "Sugar" under her care.
Word has gotten out about the innate adorableness of Sugar, so the class is already full for our December Owl-ology 101 workshop this Sunday but we are already taking registration for a session on Sunday, January 10.
Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 for more information.
|Paparazzi swarmed the "Sugar" on Lynne McCoy's arm|
|Dissecting an owl pellet takes a gentle touch...|
|and sometimes teamwork.|
|Ijams volunteer naturalist Laura Twilley with owlish chocolate perfection.|
|Who? Who? Who? Could eat such preciousness? |
Clutch of too-cute-to-eat cupcakes. Note they are "horned' owls.
|Rex McDaniel (front right) leads Ijams Owlologists in search of Strix varia.|