May 11, 2022 | Kate Streelman
Last Wednesday, the first graders got to travel to the Raptor Trust. This bird rehabilitation and education center is located in Millington, NJ and was only a (rented) bus ride away!
First, we spent sometime in the education center learning about adaptations that help raptors (and other birds) to survive. Then we got to meet a real live owl! His name was Sonny. He is a Barred owl who has been with the Raptor Trust for 8 years. He’s unable to survive in the wild, but has a great home with them and gets to meet lots of kids to teach them about bird conservation.
Then we had some time to explore and visit all the other birds living at the Raptor Trust. Ask your child which one was their favorite! We saw more Barred Owls, American Kestrels, Bald Eagles, Turkey Vultures, and more!
Finally, we returned to the education center where we explored all the interesting materials they had for us, like feathers, and bird call machines. We went on a scavenger hunt to find what raptors eat. We even got to measure our wingspan and see which bird we are the size of!