April 23, 2014

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Owl wisdom: Ella Canavan fourth graders raise money for raptor center

MEDINA — After reading a book that featured an owl, 100 fourth-graders at Ella Canavan Elementary School got to meet some in person.

Kathy Sowash, education coordinator for the Medina Raptor Center, shows off “Aurora,” a barred owl, to fourth-graders Wednesday at Ella Canavan Elementary School in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Kathy Sowash, education coordinator for the Medina Raptor Center, shows off “Aurora,” a barred owl, to fourth-graders Wednesday at Ella Canavan Elementary School in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Three owls were brought to the class around noon Wednesday by members of the Medina Raptor Center. Canavan students wanted to learn more about owls after reading “The Capture,” the first book in the “Guardians of Ga’Hoole” series, whose main character is an owl.

“These kids have a passion for owls like you wouldn’t believe,” said Tracy Machalec, a reading and arts teacher at the school who helped to organize Wednesday’s demonstration.

Fourth-graders also learned the Raptor Center cares for injured birds, Machalec said.

The raptor center is a non­profit, independent wildlife facility dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey, said Kathy Sowash, education coordinator with the center.

The owls that visited Ella Canavan were “Jackie,” a barn owl; “Aurora,” a barred owl; and “Mischief,” an eastern screech owl.

Students also worked during recent recesses at school to cre­ate bookmarks with owl depic­tions.

The bookmarks were sold for 25 cents each to fellow stu­dents to raise funds for the Med­ina Raptor Center.

The students raised $175, Machalec said.

For information about the Medina Raptor Center, call (330) 667-2386 or visit www.medinaraptorcenter.org.

Contact Steve Grazier (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.