As part of the presentation, Chewonki Instructor Matt Weeks brought along three non-releasable wild owls to introduce to the students so that they could learn about these amazing creatures’ adaptations and habits. One Kindergarten class was particularly smitten with one of Chewonki’s Barred Owls, Byron. Byron is an ambassador for the natural world, and has been visiting classrooms for years due to an injury that caused her to lose her left wing.
To show their appreciation for Byron, the kindergartners all worked together to build Byron a “replacement wing” after the lesson and presented it to Matt at the end of the day. While the wing may not allow Byron to take to the skies again, she can rest easy knowing that there are kind, caring students out there eager to learn about and to help the world’s wildlife wherever they are.
Chewonki takes Traveling Natural History Programs from Chewonki Neck to about 20,000 people each year, teaching in schools, libraries, and other community centers. To learn more, swim, slither, fly, or race to the Traveling Natural History Program!