On 3/24/2012, the Birder's Certificate Program class from Mass Audubon's
Joppa Flats Education Center was treated to an up-close and personal view
of a Snowy Owl before Norman Smith, owl researcher and director of the
Blue Hills Trailside Museum, released it on the Parker River National Wildlife
Refuge on Plum Island.

Norm with the Snowy Owl (note temporary color marking on the back of the head)

Norm gave us a lively description of Snowy Owl life and his research

before releasing the bird

to fly away, much to the terror of the local ducks.

Thanks Norman for a great demonstration and an event the students will remember!

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