ORNL Nature Walks

April 08, 2013  •  1 Comment

Neat thing.  I went on a nature walk organized by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in February.  It was neat for several reasons.  One, they took us on some property managed by the lab that is usually off limits to the public (at the Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park).  Two, they had a guy with TWRA giving a falconry demonstration.  We also got to view (from a distance and at dusk so it was hard to see) mating displays of the American Woodcock.  There was also going to be a winter astronomy demonstration, but it was very cloudy that night.  The falconry demonstration was impressive, though the Harris's Hawk ended up not hunting because it was distracted by all the people there watching.

Anyway, there was this:

A Merlin, which is a species of falcon.  It's obviously very small, but very beautifully marked.

And this:

A Harris's Hawk.  A large hawk, not native to the area, but a good hawk for falconry, because of it's temperament.

 

For more of the photos I took of the nature walk, look here: http://www.esd.ornl.gov/facilities/nerp/what's_new.html

For more information about future nature walks hosted by ORNL, look here: http://www.esd.ornl.gov/facilities/nerp/2013walkschedule.pdf

 

A note: Sadly, both the Merlin and Harris's Hawk died shortly after this event.


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Natasha(non-registered)
Was tagging some of your photos in our blog with your website. Didn't know you had put more posts on here. Looks nice!! Pretty depressing that they both died though.
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