This owl was at a weekend conservancy festival friends told us about. I’m so glad we were able to attend. I can’t get over how beautiful she was. Her keeper showed us how her feathers hid the ferocity of her beak and talons. What an amazing creature! Also in attendance were crayfish, newts, bearded dragons and a literal* ton of snakes. And of course handlers & educators on site. The creek expert mentioned that if you have newts in your creek then you have a healthy creek. He also said rather enthusiastically that he gets super excited about crayfish. I LOVE THIS because I get excited about crayfish too!