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Public Demonstration at the
Erie County Metroparks'
Harvest Happening, October 2003
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Each year, the BACK TO THE WILD® staff present an educational program at the Harvest Happenings fall event at the Osborn Park, one of the parks in the Erie County (Ohio) Metroparks system. These pictures illustrate the activities and the crowds that are intrigued by these wild animals up close and personal.


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BACK TO THE WILD® under the "Big Top" at Osborn Park. The tent shaded the animals from the brilliant sun and blue skies. For both days, the weather was perfect! There was a constant crowd around the BACK TO THE WILD® animals and display items. These folks are gathered around the tortoise display area while Mona explains that the previous owners fed one of the tortoises the wrong diet (dog food). Mona showed the group how that harmed the 'pet' tortoise.
Bill explains why a bald eagle is in their care at BACK TO THE WILD®. This bird became blind due to the West Nile Virus. Mona shows how a Box Turtle will withdraw the head and front legs into the shell for protection. For further protection, the hinged, lower part of the shell pulls upwards!
Mona explains a point to a visitor while a Kestrel, Saw Whet Owl, and a Barred Owl look on. A line-up of BACK TO THE WILD® program birds intrigues visitors all day long. Included in this educational program was a Peregrin Falcon, a Kestrel, two Saw Whet Owls, a Screech Owl, a Barred Owl, a Great Horned Owl, a Barn Owl, a Red-tail Hawk, and a Bald Eagle.
A volunteer listens to a question from the audience. There are many people who volunteer at BACK TO THE WILD® performing many necessary functions according to their skills. Volunteer functions include animal handling, cage and enclosure cleaning, talking with the public, and assisting at open houses. A Bald Eagle was a favorite with the crowds at the BACK TO THE WILD® tent. This Bald Eagle was blinded by the West Nile Virus and so, without vision, he cannot be released to the wild. He can help with the educational role of BACK TO THE WILD® in exhibitions such as this so the public can see this magnificent bird up close.

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