The Hazelhut welcomed 18 Grade 2 students yesterday. These very well behaved and knowledgeable students came from CORE school to learn about owls. We started the day getting to know each others names and finding out what the children already knew about owls.
The children knew that owls are mostly nocturnal, but they were sure that if we went out for a walk in the woods, we would still find evidence of owls. So we set off!
The children were excellent owl detectives, finding examples of things owls like to eat, places they might live and some even think they heard owls! Here are their photos:
Everyone was very hungry when we returned to the house, so we all had a snack and the children enjoyed some playtime!
After playtime, there was a surprise for the children..... we had a different bird of prey at the Hazelhut: a Mexican harris buzzard, called Eddi. Eddi's handler Stefano, explained some of her special features and the ways in which she is similar to an owl. The children were just getting ready to hold her, when she flew off into the pine tree and just WOULD NOT come down!
Luckily the real star of the show, a beautiful Siberian eagle owl, was much more cooperative and all the children had a chance to look at this enormous bird close up and even to stroke it!
After all that excitement, it was time for lunch. Then we all headed down to the art room to start making owl puppets.
The children worked hard, cutting, sticking and using their creativity to each make their own owl, complete with swiveling head!
Just as the children were leaving, Stefano finally managed to get Eddi out of the tree and had to take both the birds back to the sanctuary, but one little boy was determined to get his chance to hold the bird of prey.
Thank you for coming, Grade 2! Your enthusiastic and polite attitude and excellent manners are a credit to your teachers and school. Come back soon!