Haven and Boo are wishing you a delightful new year, wherever you may currently be! These tiny owls are special among our aviary residents, being partial migrants: Some choose to brave the blustery cold winter in Maine, and others decide to fly off south to vacation in warmer locales. Because our educational ambassadors have handicaps that prevent them from living in the wild, Haven and Boo won’t be migrating any time soon – but we do bring them in on the coldest nights to make sure they are staying safe and comfortable.
Isn’t it amazing that birds like these can figure out how to travel such long distances without getting lost? Many birds use the sun as a compass to point the way and others, especially nocturnal birds like owls use the rotation of the stars to help them navigate!
January has been a beautiful month for stargazing, and our educators in the Traveling Natural History Program have been gathering our Star Stories into a virtual program to teach people all the amazing ways the night sky can entertain, educate, and help you find your way just like those migrating birds.
Keep your eye on the Full Wolf Moon brightening our nights at the end of this month! And look to the east in the evenings for the great giant Orion, with his distinctive belt of stars, ruling over the winter skies.