On Wednesday, March 13, the walls of Memorial Hall were echoing with the pounding of hammers and happy chatter of kids, parents, grandparents, and adults. Together 33 owl houses were made and ready to be hung for area owls and kestrels to move in! After the houses were built the crowd was entertained by a live owl presentation and habitat discussion by Mike Clough.
Families and individuals were asked to construct one owl house and proudly took them home. Many thanks to Wally Godfrey and the Deerfield Rotary Club for sponsoring a hot dog luncheon for all to enjoy before the event. Also special thanks to Eithne Eldred for reading a passage from the book “HOOT” by Carl Hiaasen, and WW Building Supply.
This project would not have been possible without the help of Gary and Carol DeBarba and Willie Queenie who volunteered to cut, drill, and package the owl house kits. Thank you!
This event was organized by Pettee Memorial Library and the Friends of the Library and co-sponsored by Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. We look forward to doing more projects like this together in partnership for area youth and families. Please see our websites and Facebook pages for upcoming events.
Helena Queenie, Children’s Librarian, Pettee Memorial Library
Mike Clough, naturalist