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Halloween Hike Reveals Birds’ Secrets October 21, 2009

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Environment, Events, Nature.
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Birds have secrets just like you and I, but Saturday night a group of amateur actors conspired to shine a floodlight on the secret lives of birds.

Actors ready to reveal the truth about Orioles

Actors ready to reveal the truth about Orioles

The occasion was the Louisa County Conservation Board’s annual Halloween hike.  The place was Virginia Grove Park.  Each year pumpkins carved by Cub Scouts light the way along the quarter-mile trail through the dark woods.  Every hundred yards or so there’s a small clearing and a team of costumed actors that presents interesting or useful facts about some of nature’s creatures. This year the featured creatures were birds.

I know what you’re thinking.  Some guy reading from a sheet of paper says, “Hello, I am a robin.  I have a red breast, etc…”  Let me tell you, it’s not like that at all.  It is cold and dark in the dark woods. If that was all there was, the first hike would have been the last.

These skits are fun.  They’re so popular that you have to make a reservation to go on the hike and the tickets sell well. (This year they sold 294.) The skits are written by two local naturalists.  They combine a few interesting facts with spoofs of famous people, TV shows, and everyday life.  The costumes are delightful.

Nuthatch and Sparrow at the "Poop and Go"

Nuthatch and Sparrow at the "Poop and Go"

Here are some of the skits that this year’s hikers got to watch:

  • A Dr. Seuss bedtime poem about birds.
  • A male Baltimore oriole who thought he should be getting more attention from a birder taking a census.
  • A nuthatch and a house sparrow discussing the problems of spoiled food in feeders and the pooh pollution on the ground beneath them.
  • John TraVulture leading a panel of feathered experts in a discussion of bird songs and behaviors.
  • A rap about Iowa’s birds.


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