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As part of The Cove Palisades and Culver Middle School’s ongoing partnership; students focused on learning about Raptors and helped extensively with OPRD’s Eagle Watch festival for the 2016-2017 school year.  They built a life size bald eagle nest that was almost six feet in diameter; large enough for an entire human family to sit in.  Students created original Eagle Mad Libs and poetry for visitors.

 

It was my honor to be invited to Culver Middle School’s STEMFEST this year.  Students show off the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) skills that they learned to school district administration, invited guests, media, and local elementary and high school students.  One of the main goals of STEAM is to be as student directed as possible.  The teachers may be used as resources however students need to come up with processes and conclusions or solutions on their own.  To that end, each student was tasked with becoming an expert on some Raptor related species or topic.   The projects were impressive and informative but moreover what was so exciting was how students put themselves out there and taught visitors about their bird of prey – using many of the interactive tactics we teach our OPRD staff at interpretive training.

STEMFEST 2017 038.JPGI will be using several student activities at Junior Ranger programs in the park this summer (photos:  making owls out of homemade play dough and guessing which eggs go to which birds).  As this is my fourth year it was also fun to see returning high school students that participated in STEM at The Cove still supporting and participating the current middle school students.

Feather Identification Challenge

Today I have a challenge for you, our wonderful readers!

I have several feathers from our collection for you to identify.

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Feather #1 Close-up

Here’s a sneak peak of #1. Click “Read the Rest” to see the others! Read the rest of this entry

Eagle Watch 2013!

Thank you to all who came out for the 18th Annual Eagle Watch festival.  Over 800 visitors ventured to the cliffs that tower over the confluence of the Metolius, Crooked, and Deschutes Rivers to view raptors, participate in activities, explore yurts, and eat our world famous hotdogs!  With the help of multiple Oregon land management agencies, The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, and many volunteers the event was a great success and very memorable.  My personal favorite moment was after a weekend of searching for eagles, one finally appeared as it circled high in the sky after the tribal dancing began.  So amazing!  View the gallery below for more highlights from this event, and we hope to see you out next year!

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