Children were able to see real birds from the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia at the Bird Day event held by the Spark! Imagination and Science Center. With eggs being so common around Easter time, the center took a spin on the tradition and taught the children about bird eggs.
“We have a new display here of different birds of prey and their skulls and what their eggs look like, and then we have an American kestrel, and an eastern screech owl here that the children can come and look at and learn about,” said Beth Goodwin, ACCA Volunteer.
Visitors were also able to go on a bird egg hunt, look for pretend bird eggs, in the museum while learning about different types of birds. Visitors also took part in making a bird craft.
“I always get a kick out of getting out the eastern screech owl, because he’s so tiny, and the children think it’s a baby bird, when he’s not, he’s full grown, he’s just a small bird. So, I think just getting the birds out is the most exciting thing,” said Goodwin.
Dee Quaranto said she has been a member of Spark! and attended the event because of her granddaughter’s love of birds.
“We refer to her as a budding ornithologist in fact, and we knew that today was Bird Day here, and thought it would be a great opportunity to come and meet some birds and the people who care for them. We’ve been to several events with live rescued birds and we just really enjoy being around birds and the people who know about and take care of them,” said Quaranto.
“We’re going to come here again soon. We did an egg hunt. I found all of the eggs , including a screech owl egg,” said Acadia Blizard, visitor and granddaughter of Dee Quaranto.
“I just think it’s so important. They need to understand that we’re all a part of this world, and this food chain. Our ecology just depends on it, and caring for birds, understanding that they are an important part of our earth, and they need to be respected, and know that they’re just a beautiful creature that they can enjoy,” said Goodwin.