U of M Raptor Center Visits MVES

U of M Raptor Center Visits Meadowview Elementary
Posted on 05/19/2015
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Each spring third grade students study animals and animal habitats as a part of their science lessons. At Meadowview Elementary this includes a visit from the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. The entire third grade gathers in the cafeteria for the event where Raptor Center staff has laid a large blue tarp on the floor in front of several animal carriers.

The first thing to come out of the carriers is a medium grey bird. The presenter asks the students if they know what type of bird she is holding. Several hands shoot in the air and she calls on a student who correctly tells her it is a falcon. It is a Peregrine Falcon to be precise. She talks about the bird, its habitat, its diet, and how it came to be at the Raptor Center (it was injured and could no longer survive in the wild).

Next, the students are shown a Barred Owl. They learn that its call sounds as if it is saying, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” They also learn that it can only turn its head 270 degrees, not a full 360 degrees as rumored. When the owl is fed a mouse and eats it whole the students are duly impressed.  

In addition to the visit from the Raptor Center, this is also the time of year when the third graders go out bird watching. “We usually find about 20 species around the school, including a pair of bald eagles that have been nesting near the school for years,” said Craig Evenson, Science Specialist at Meadowview Elementary School.

See more pictures from the event here. 

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