Nathan arrived at the King’s corner property, protected by Caledonia Conservancy, excited to do some nature crafts and learn about the wildlife in the area.
He and his sister started off the day by making pine cone bird feeders, decorating a birdhouse, and visiting a skunk, a lemur and a porcupine.
Next, Nathan decided to check out the Birds of Prey display display by Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, which Eric Schumann (our board Treasurer and the Past President of Caledonia Conservancy) and his wife Jane, arranged for the event. He learned about the Barred Owl.
Nathan was awestruck by the creature and amazed to learn that one could potentially be found in his own backyard. He absorbed all the information he could about this mysterious bird including how to make a nesting box.
When Nathan returned home, he promptly told his parents that he wanted to build one so they could attract an owl to their home.
Every night, Nathan excitedly looked out to the nesting box to check if an owl had decided to call it home, but come Christmas still no owl appeared. His family kept expecting his interest to fade as no owl had showed up, but he kept to it and continued to do research on what type of owl would most likely use the box.
On January 4th, 2014, Nathan peered out his kitchen window to find a gray phase Eastern Screech Owl perched in the hole. Nathan’s owl had finally arrived!
Although the cold weather kept him indoors, Nathan grabbed binoculars and watched the owl settle in.
Nathan's mom wrote a letter to Caledonia Conservancy, reporting that Nathan recently told his Mom he wanted to be a scientist; she is sure this owl experience has fostered that. Her words made the value of the land trust to her family clear: “Thank you Caledonia Conservancy, so much for sparking this interest. You have started something special.”