Whoooo? Owls a hoot at North Alabama Agriplex

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Volunteers from the Alabama Wildlife Center brought owls for the Heritage Homeschool program at the North Alabama Agriplex Thursday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The North Alabama Agriplex was a hoot Thursday morning, literally, with the main attraction being owls! Volunteers from the Alabama Wildlife Center brought an eastern screech owl and barred owl, both native to Alabama, for the Agriplex’s Heritage Homeschool program.

After seeing the owls, the groups of students had the opportunity to have an “owl pellet bites” themed snack and dissect owl pellets. Students made owl masks to wear and take home.

Representatives from Alabama Wildlife Center talked to the kids about the eastern screech owl, barn owl, barred owl and great horned owl.

Agriplex Director Rachel Dawsey shared, “This is our Heritage Homeschool program, we do this monthly, next month is all about soybeans. We wanted to do owls to go with October and Halloween, and Alabama Wildlife Center, from Oak Mountain, has been great to come and do its program for us. They have been bringing owls for our Earth Day festival at the primary school for the past several years. They did a reptile program for us back in, I think was 2012, so they’ve been coming to do programs for us the whole time the Agriplex has been open here. They always do a great job; we’ve had them for preschool programs and they’re able to keep the audience’s attention. They do very well with kids.”

Dawsey felt positive about Thursday morning, praising the Wildlife Center.

“I think it was a success,” she exclaimed. “I think Alabama Wildlife Center did a fantastic job with our educators. They do such a good job at teaching information, and I think the owl pellets were a huge hit. The kids liked dissecting out the bones and finding the bones and it was a good learning event.”

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