Area libraries take wing in Birds of Prey program
ARENAC COUNTY — The Iosco-Arenac District Library held its final event in the Dream Big: Read summer reading program, as the Omer, Au Gres and Standish libraries hosted a variety of birds of prey July 25-26.
Falconers Jenny Schroeder and Karen Young showed audience members a mix of carnivorous birds, including kestrels, an auger buzzard, a red-tailed hawk, a Lanner falcon, a peregrine falcon, and a Eurasian eagle owl.
The two women work with Bird Rescue of Huron Valley, and talked about the history, hunting methods, biology, and habitat of the birds. They also discussed the features that set birds of prey apart from other types of birds: excellent eyesight, curved beaks, and sharp talons.
Each type of bird hunts prey differently, according to Schroeder and Young. They explained the different methods and adaptations a nocturnal, stealth predator like an owl uses to hunt as opposed to a peregrine falcon, which will dive down on its prey to deliver slashing cuts with its talons or a vicious blow with a balled-up foot.
Lynne Bigelow, children and teen services coordinator with the district library, said while this was the last event of the summer reading program, she encouraged people to continue to support and use their local libraries, and to stay tuned for programs later in the year.
According to Omer Mayor Alice Sproule, more than 80 people showed up for the Birds of Prey program, requiring it to be held in the adjacent Omer City Hall, rather than the Omer Little Eagle’s Nest Library.