This is the last photo I have from the raptors, while working over the sumer, at CuriOdyssey. This is Tesla. When tesla was wild, she would come right up to people looking for food handouts. If anyone has come across a truly wild American Kestrel, they would know this behavior is very odd. American Kestrels are one of the most shy falcons, I have ever come across.
Being habituated to people, Tesla was no longer fit to be in the wild. When a wild animal is habituated to people, it poses a threat for both the animal, and the people they interact with. Tesla now lives behind the scenes at CuriOdyssey, and play a very important role as an animal ambassador.
All of the educational animals at CuriOdyssey live behind the scenes, and only come out when they are being presented, to teach the public about their species and the importance of animals, in our environment. This helps reduce the stress in these animals.
I must apologize for not posting in so long. Over the summer I had the amazing opportunity to work at CuriOdyssey, at Coyote Point, in San Mateo, CA. I worked there as a camp leader, teaching children about animals, local ecology, photography, and natural science.
CuriOdyssey is a museum located in San Mateo, CA, devoted to teaching kids about science, and California ecology. The museum has tons of fun, hands on science exhibits, an outside area exhibiting live, native, California animals, such as, bobcats, Channel Island fox, racoons, yellow billed magpies, roadrunners, California river otters, and much more.
Now that my Leadership role is done at CuriOdyssey, I have been fortunate enough to continue playing a role at the museum. I am now a volunteer photographer, and will have some of my photos in their Northern Hall exhibit area, in January 2015.
If you are ever in the California Bay Area, CuriOdyssey is a place you should definitely put on your list, as a place to visit.
All the animals exhibited at CuriOdyssey are either disabled or have been habituated to humans, therefore cannot be released back into the wild.
Pictured above is Trudy. Trudy is a Western Screech Owl(Megascops kennicottii). She was born without a right eye and now lives at CuriOdyssey as an animal ambassador, used to teach kids and adults about her species, and the important role animals play in our eco ystem
These two photos are of Black-crowned night heron’s. The heron above is a mature, adult heron. The photo below is a black-crowned night heron in its juvenile plumage. Quite a difference, as is with birds.
I’ve always been interested in the Horned Lark, (Eremophila alpestris) since I first saw a drawing of it in an old bird field guide. I had my first encounter with one (as seen here) at Joeseph D. Grant County Park in San Jose, CA just two days ago. Surprisingly there were a good number of them hanging out by the trails, and they weren’t terribly shy.