New Brigden School rescues young owlets

Ms. Gayle Vass, principal of New Brigden School (NBS), gave students Eva and Alaina Hagens a special science project to keep them busy. ECA Review/Submitted
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Ms. Gayle Vass, principal of New Brigden School (NBS), gave students Eva and Alaina Hagens a special science project to keep them busy. ECA Review/Submitted

Last week, Nathan Gregory and Dave Schmidt, Provost and District Fish and Game Association members found three owl babies on the ground at our South Range.

The nest had fallen apart, so Nathan put up a  temporary make-shift nest out of a wire basket.

The babies kept falling out.

Nathan then shared the owl’s dilemma at the monthly meeting.

Glen Doble and I (Gayle Vass) went to check on the baby birds that night and decided they needed to be rescued.

I teach at New Brigden School, so I decided to make it a Science project for two of my students to research and then build a nest for a family of Great Horned Owls.

As soon as they saw the owl baby pictures, Eva and Alaina Hagens accepted the challenge.

Their mother Simone, who operates Terrestrial Solutions Environmental Consulting, agreed to supply materials and help with the project.

They delivered the completed nest to me at New Brigden School and it looked amazing!

When I returned to Provost, Glen and I took the nest, ladder, wire, and tools out to the Gun Club range to hang the nest.

Two of the owls were on the ground behind the tree huddled together but the third one was gone.

We hung up the nest and proceeded to get the babies into the nest.

We decided to wait a distance away and watch for the parents to return.

Glen decided to walk to the far side of the field along the tree line to flush out the adult birds who were flying around when we arrived.