Cool birds and colored eggs this weekend

Published 9:49 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Families will be able to spend a fun spring afternoon with their children this weekend in the woods with an Easter egg hunt and close encounters with fascinating, feathered guests.

The second annual Wings and Things Spring Fling will be this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve, 4510 Twin Pines Road. Executive Director James Bussey IV said more than 300 visitors enjoyed the festivities last year that were provided by local nonprofits and other organizations.

“This is an opportunity for us to bring in a number of our nonprofit and rehabilitation partners — as well as other clubs — to provide crafts, activities and a whole lot of fun for the kids,” Bussey said in a phone interview.

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The Easter egg hunt will be the biggest draw for children all afternoon, along with the offerings from more than a dozen community partners.

Wildlife rehabilitators like Nature’s Nanny will bring their barn, screech and great horned owls. These winged ambassadors allow both children and adults to get first-hand experiences with birds of prey.

While they’re learning about how different bill and beak shapes help different bird species consume their particular diets, the kids will practice their origami to make birds of their own.

The Suffolk Master Gardeners Association will also be there to help the kids build their own planters filled with native species of plants for them to take home.

“Each one of our individual partners will be bringing their own craft activities,” Bussey said.

The event is free and open to the public. Call 686-8684 for more information.