Raptors, Owls and Carnivorous Plants in Willow Creek

ABOVE: A western screech owl perched on Wildlife Educator Amanda Clausing’s glove while a great horned owl watches from the background during the Wildlife Fair co-hosted by Studio 299 and Creekside Arts and Education on Saturday, April 12, in Willow Creek.

By KRISTAN KORNS, Two Rivers Tribune

It seemed like there was a little bit of everything happening Saturday, April 14, when beaded skulls, nature photography, falcons, owls, carnivorous plants, and dozens of children and parents collided at Studio 299 in Willow Creek.

Lisa Ambrosini, a teacher at Creekside Arts and Education, said, “We’re having a wildlife fair for the community.”

Carefully-beaded and decorated skulls by Lori Fitzgerald hung inside the art gallery, alongside illustrations by Gary Bloomfield, photographs by Peter Canclini, and woodcut art by Gil Saliba.

Outside, dozens of children swarmed the exhibits.

Chris Byers, owner of Chris’ Carnivores in Burnt Ranch, showed off several different types of carnivorous plants to curious onlookers.

He pointed at the long sticky leaves on one variety of plant. “It’s like flypaper.”

Other plants used water traps – or snap traps like the Venus flytrap – to snatch up unsuspecting bugs for lunch.

Across the grass, Amanda Clausing, Emily Culhane, and Linda Parkinson from the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center were showing off a western screech owl, a great horned owl, and a falcon.

Clausing said, “We bring our non-releasable raptors to talk about preservation and to educate everyone on their local wildlife that they’re sharing their habitat with.”

Creekside also held an “all-species parade” in the afternoon, with lots of animal masks, costumes, wings and claws in the crowd.

Ambrosini said, “I love that it’s a small community but it’s also a giving community and there are there are so many young families who are enthusiastic about being here and getting involved.”

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