On Wednesday, October 16, our Kindergartners had some wild and wonderful visitors - two owls! An educator from the Lindsay Wildlife Experience, an East Bay wildlife hospital and museum, came to EB to teach students about these fascinating raptors and animal conservation.
The students were first told about what the Lindsay Wildlife Museum is and how they take care of injured wildlife. How do they get hurt? Mostly from traffic accidents, outdoor cats, and poison targeted for rodents.
Then came the moment students were all eagerly awaiting: a real owl! The educator took it out of the large black box he came in, while the children watched, speechless! His name is “Houston” because he came injured from the state of Texas. This owl is actually one of the oldest owls in the museum (over 25 years old) and is their best ambassador.
Students learned about what owls eat, when they are most active, and how they use their senses to find food. They also talked about the difference between wild and domesticated animals. Owls are definitely wild animals! Students knew a lot of the answers to the questions from the museum educator, as they have worked in class, both in English and in French, for the past few weeks, learning more about owls.
At the end of the visit, each student was invited to have their “wing span” measured to see what type of owl had the same wing span. They lined up with their arms stretched wide, to find out if they measured as a barn owl, a screech owl, a great horned owl, or a grey owl.