The Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva will host a live birds of prey educational program as part of the library’s ongoing Summer Reading Program for children and teens Tuesday, July 10, at 11 a.m. The program is appropriate for children ages four and up and will be held in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva.
The program will feature live birds of prey (a category that includes hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons) under the care of wildlife educator Blair Ogburn of Balsam Mountain Trust. The birds that are in the Trust's care can no longer live in the wild and were acquired through individual or institutional wildlife rehabilitators who have determined the birds can no longer effectively hunt and thus survive in the wild.
Blair Ogburn is a senior naturalist for the Balsam Mountain Trust and is a certified environmental educator for the state of North Carolina. She is an experienced birder and ecologist with a specialty in teaching elementary school-aged children.