Flying Free


eagle and flag
There is no better theme for celebrating the 4th of July here at Oatland Island than by studying our national symbol, the bald eagle.

The little cuties had a good time trying on bumpy eagle feet and trying to catch wet, squirmy soap fish. (A little soap and water makes for fun play with Toddlers). I made these “eagle feet” by hot gluing together this mitten pattern.

Don’t they look just like real eagle feet?

Bald Eagle talons

okay, maybe not. But, like the bumps on an Eagle’s foot, the bubble wrap made it easier for the kids to grip wet soap. Like our bar of ivory soap, fish are squirmy and slippery and can slip right out from under an Eagle’s foot if they didn’t have coarse, bumpy feet. And with those talons, no fish can escape that grip.

After playing with feathers, soaring like Eagles, and investigating Eagle feet, we made these fun little eagle gliders:



It was a fun day celebrating Independence Day with an Oatland animal theme!

Next Tuesday, in honor of Teddy Bear Picnic Day, we are having a teddy bear picnic. If you can come, please bring your favorite stuffed animal. It doesn’t have to be a teddy bear, we won’t discriminate. If you have food allergies, bring a snack for tea time. There will be fruit and herbal decaf tea as well for our picnic. See you next time…

About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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