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Mark Naniot, operator of Wild Instincts, shows NCES students specific body parts of a barred owl. Submitted photo.
Mark Naniot, operator of Wild Instincts, shows NCES students specific body parts of a barred owl. Submitted photo.
3/28/2020 7:27:00 AM
Elementary students learn about birds of prey during visit to CAVOC

On March 12 first graders from Northwoods Community, Crescent, Pelican, and Central Elementary Schools visited the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC), to learn how birds use their body parts to survive in the wild.

Wild Instincts wildlife rehabilitation center operator Mark Naniot explained that birds' feathers are camouflaged to help protect them against enemies. Their feathers also keep them warm and help them to fly. The students also learned that birds' feet help them to perch and to pull apart their food, according to a school district press release on the visit.

Naniot gave many examples of how birds use their body parts to survive by showing the students the body parts of a live red-tailed hawk, saw whet owl and a barred owl.

The birds are permanent residents of Wild Instincts because they suffered injuries that would cause them to be unable to survive in the wild.

:A big thank you to Mark for teaching the first graders about how birds use their body parts to survive," the release states.

Many students also donated paper towels, hand soap, garbage bags and scrubbing pads to the wildlife rehabilitation center.

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