Article 29: Education should develop our talents and abilities and teach us to respect the environment.
We were very excited when Shane came all the way from the Kielder Bird of Prey Centre today. He brought along with him some birds of prey including owls and a turkey vulture. The children were all really well behaved during the visit – they stayed calm and washed their hands after touching the birds.
Shane taught us all about the features of the birds and where they had come form in the world. He explained that the owls with yellow eyes hunt in the day time, those with orange eyes hunt at dusk and dawn and those with very dark eyes are night time hunters. We loved Mark (the vulture) and we learned that vultures eat dead animals and they are important because they help to keep the world a clean place.
We were able to handle the birds by stroking their soft feathers gently. The children asked Shane lots of interesting questions to find out more about where the birds lived, what they eat and how well they get along together.