Licensed raptor rehabilitator Steve Snyder recently visited with kindergarten and first-grade students at Innovations Public Charter School, as part of their unit of study on birds.
He also shared a recovered barn owl with PACT Head Start Preschool students at Kealakehe Elementary. The bird of prey was rescued as a chick and raised by Snyder to be released back into the wild. Snyder taught the children many facts about the bird.
Students watched the dancing head of a barn owl, as it swayed back and forth while peering through the protective door of its traveling case. Snyder explained the efforts he is making to rehabilitate the owl — injured falling out of its nest — to release it into the wild.
Students learned there are only two kinds of owls living on the Big Island: the barn owl and Hawaiian pueo. They also learned that the female barn owl weighs more than the male.