Eagle Day

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What a better day to study eagles, our national symbol, than on our day to celebrate  some of our American heroes.   Thanks to our veterans of the U.S. military for promoting freedom around the globe.

We flapped our wings, played with feathers and used our eagle feet to pick up fish:

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How do these bubble wrap gloves represent eagle feet? Well, bald eagles love to eat fish  that are slimy and wiggly.  One adaptation besides talons is that they have bumps on the bottom of their feet to that they can get a better grip on the fish and not drop their meal.  We used these bumpy gloves to pick up our slippery soap fish.

It was a fun and active class.  Toward the end we transformed ourselves into eagles.

Check out the eaglets that showed up to class:

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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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