SHREWSBURY, Mass. - Second-grade students at Spring Street School in Shrewsbury Monday got a close-up as Julie Collier of Wingmasters introduced the youngsters to four owls and a kestrel.
Wingmasters rescues birds of prey, including eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey and owls. About 85 percent of rescued birds can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
Collier said the Wingmasters school programs helps expose children to the natural world. “These kids are going to be stewards of the land,” she said.
Collier said she “lives for the reaction” of students -- the oohs and ahhs as kids get a look at the raptors.
“I want to do something positive with the birds,” Collier said. “Besides, it’s fun. I have the best job in the world.”