Charlotte and I attended a wonderfully informative program about owls today at the Wenham Museum. The presentation was lead by Julie and Jim of Wingmasters, a raptor rehabilitation organization devoted not only to rehabilitating wildlife but also to educating the public.
In attendance were a beautiful Barred Owl, magnificent male and female Great Horned Owls, an Eastern Screech Owl (gray morph), a stunning Barn Owl, the tiniest owl you will probably never see, but is definitely about, a Saw-whet Owl, and a gorgeous Peregrine Falcon.
All the birds at the presentation were at one time injured. Most of the wildlife Jim and Julie rescue can be returned to their habitats but some will never. A wing may be too badly broken to fly, an eye permanently injured, or in the case of the diminutive Saw-whet, it is developing cataracts.
Charlotte loved the program and was all she could talk about on the return trip home. We are usually looking at owls and eagles far off in the distance or through my camera’s lens so this was thrilling for her to see them up close.
I took many photos but unfortunately am still without my computer and won’t have it back until Monday, at the earliest. It’s extremely stressful not being able to work, along with the fact that I am in the midst of launching our Monarch film. I don’t know how you feel but I think it extraordinary how tied to our computers we have become and I have come to fully realize that this week. From design projects, to film and photo projects, to lecture programs, they are all wholly dependent on a perfectly functioning computer. For reasons I don’t want to get into here, I am going to have to learn several new challenging software programs. Argh! One thing that can be accomplished this week though is continuing to work on a film script, which I am writing longhand! And knitting many hats this week 🙂
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Barn Owl in flight – fantastic event at the Wenham Museum focusing on owls found in Massachusetts including Northern Saw-whet, Great Horned, Barred, and Eastern Screech. Plus a beautiful Peregrine Falcon. Raptor rehabilitators Julie and Jim from Wingmasters were a wealth of knowledge, holding the children (and adults) in “rapt” attention. The Barn Owl population has diminished across Massachusetts, mostly due to loss of habitat. #barnowl #raptors #massachusettsowls #easternscreechowl #greathornedowl #sawwhetowl @wenhammuseum #peregrine falcon #barredowl
Even though it was cold and windy, Gloucester Harbor looked so pretty.
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Thursday night! Welcome back Mr. Johnny “Bluehorn” Morricone. The fastest gun in the west; Ma.,that is. All the way from Woosta! It’s always a blast having him raise the stakes. He brings such a great sense of joy to the stage. Beltin’ out melodies on his blue trumpet and crooning a la’ Bingh Crosbee when necessary. Plus Blobby Gus, a truly authentic Jimmy Johnson acolyte will be scratchin’ that gootar. And Ed Scheer will be doin’ drum dooties and begging the question and the tip jar. Don’t miss this ~ DS
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I went to Hunt’s Photo in Melrose recently and kind of impulsively bought a new camera (thank you GMG Jimmy for the encouragement). For its first outing, I drove to Parker River Wildlife Refuge and Plum Island once again looking for eagles. It was dreary and wet and hardly anyone was around but I found a snowy owl in the distance posing as if it were waiting for me and my new camera to experiment. Then along came a seagull to harass and I could hear their warning sounds to each other. I was lucky enough to capture some of the encounter and thought you all might like to see it too. Next, I plan to learn how use the video features on the camera!
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