Birds of Prey Nature Centre holds pre-season special event

When you come to the Birds of Prey Nature Centre, you expect to see eagles, and owls.  But three-week-old owlets are a special treat. The babies were recently hatched so the Centre threw open its doors for a special sneak peek pre-season event held on Saturday. 

But the owlets weren’t the only guests of honour.  A whimsical character who goes by the name of Professor Elwood Picklethorn also made a special appearance.  He’s an arborist from Toronto who’s been travelling the world for several years teaching the young and old alike about the importance of the greener things in life.  Lessons like “I will plant the right tree in the right place.”

A special tree planting also took place Saturday morning.  Although a lesson about trees might not be high on your list of expectations when planning at trip to Coaldale’s Birds of Prey Nature Centre, it’s exactly what the public can expect this upcoming season. 

“We’re going to give a lot more thought to trees and planting trees,” says Colin Weir, Managing Director of the Birds of Prey Nature Centre.  He says the centre will be adding an arboretum this year along with signage about the different types of trees planted around the grounds. 

The Alberta Birds of Prey Nature Centre officially opens for the season May 20, and will be open seven days a week until Labor Day.  

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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