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.