Sep 22, 2010

Impromptu Nature Lesson

Two Weeks ago on a Saturday the kids were around the corner at a friends and David & I grabbed the 'Brown Bag Special' at Sonic and headed to the salon to get my hair cut.

As Shannon was doing my hair, David joined the conversation and we were telling her about this wonderful new, (to me) shampoo.  JR Liggette's Old-Fashioned Bar Shampoo

Shannon told us that her husdand was getting ready to go on a month0long hike in the Appalachian Mountains. So, David offered to run home, (we are no more than 1/2 mile away) and bring her a bar for them to try.

As he slowed to turn in our drivewat he noticed a dead critter in the road.  So, naturally, he went to investigate.  He found a beautiful hawk with no visible damage.  Being the good homeschool Dad that he is, he quickly got a shovel and removed the bird from the road.

When we got back home from my fabulous hair cut, I called the neighbor where the kids were playing to ask J, (the dad) is his boys (7 & 11) would like to come over and investigate the hawk.  The 7 year-old did not but D the 11 year-old was full of enthusiasm.

We measured, photographed and then called the Raptor Center to see if they had a use for a dead bird.

They did so all 5 of us, (6 if you count the hawk in the trunk),  piled in the car and drove out to deliver the dead hawk.

We arrived in time to see the staff preparing dinner for the birds and were able to ask a lot of questions about their work and of course take photos.

Here are just a few of the photos from that day.

Dinner prep for the raptors.

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