Held once again at the picturesque Long Pasture Center of the Mass Audubon Society in Cummaquid. Orenda Wildlife Land Trust joined fifteen exhibitors comprising of local land and ocean trusts, natural welfare groups such as IFAW, Whale and Dolphin Adoption Society, the Thornton Burgess Society and National Marine Life Center at the third annual festival.
Over 300 people visited the event and also to take in the owl and raptor show given by Norman Smith, director of Mass. Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Wearing a thick leather glove, Smith relayed facts and anecdotes about each bird perched on his arm. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Ranger Rick and Yankee Magazine. Smith used the birds as an educational tool, a way to shrink the ever-widening gap between the technological world and the natural one. “We know very little about the world around us. It’s good for us to question why. If we don’t stimulate our kids to explore, we’ll never know the answers,” he said.
The Cape Cod Times featured a front page story on the event and the following are quotes from the article: “It was excellent,” said Jessica Klemp, of Onset, of the program. “Each of my kids asked five questions each.” Jenna-Marie Klemp, 8, called the show “awesome” and her brother, Jason, 10, said it was “really cool” and the screech owl was his favorite.