CANYON CITY — Students from five area schools had an educational encounter recently with wild birds during a presentation from Blue Mountain Wildlife of Pendleton.
Staff from the volunteer nonprofit group visited Humbolt Elementary on April 26, bringing four birds — Sage, a 22-year-old great horned owl; Ruby, a 25-year-old red-tail hawk; Helen, a barn owl; and Niki, a peregrine falcon — plus a treasure trove of information on their habitats and natural environment.
The 141 students, all third- through sixth-graders from Humbolt, Long Creek, Dayville, Prairie City and Seneca schools, were divided into three sessions to allow ample opportunity to see the birds up close and ask questions.
The presentation was led by BMW Executive Director Lynn Tompkins, her husband, Assistant Director Bob Tompkins, and bird team members from the group.
Blue Mountain Wildlife’s mission is to preserve wildlife and their habitats. The group offers programs and outreach opportunities to local communities to educate people on the impact our actions have on wildlife and the environment.
The wildlife event was coordinated and funded by the Malheur National Forest.
Wildlife Technician Colleen Malaney said the event was a success and a hit with the children.
“I feel like we built a great relationship with the Forest Service, Grant County Education Service District, Blue Mountain Wildlife, and the teachers and parents who participated,” Malaney said. “I hope we can do this and more events like it to continue to offer our local communities a closer connection with the great resources we have in our area.”
To learn more about Blue Mountain Wildlife, visit www.bluemountainwildlife.org.