The Night Before Christmas: Bird Edition

Because I haven’t blogged in a few months, I thought a good way to get back into action would be to write a bird-themed Christmas poem. This poem is about some of the birds who live at the World Bird Sanctuary, where I work as a naturalist. My position involves caring for birds of prey, which includes a lot of food prep and cleaning! I also get to play a part in some really cool work, such as training raptors for flight shows and working with a young raven named Mayhem. I did a couple of “Owl Prowl” shows recently and also had the opportunity to take a Bald Eagle to an Eagle Scout ceremony! If you are in the St. Louis area, come check out the sanctuary (Admission is free!). I hope you enjoy the pictures and the poem! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the site,

All the raptors were stirring as snowflakes took flight.

Spending quality time with Reese the Great Horned Owl.

The food bowls were placed in enclosures with care.

The storks were quite quick to make their bowls bare.


The parrots were talking, their voices quite loud.

Performing for peanuts in front of a crowd.

Snapshot 1 (12-24-2017 2-57 PM)

The barn owls were nestled, all snug in their beds.

While visions of rodents danced in their heads.


The falcons were chasing their food on a lure.

Their flights looked like dances, with wing-beats so sure.

Zorro the Aplomado Falcon. Photo: World Bird Sanctuary.

The vultures were jumping, their food could not flee.

The hawks started screaming, one jumped on a tree!

MacGuyver the Harris Hawk decorates a Christmas tree. Photo: World Bird Sanctuary

The owls started hooting as the sky became dark.

The eagles were cackling, oh how Max did bark!

Working with Max the Tawny Eagle.

I heard Nemo exclaim as I walked past the Kite

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a great night!”

Nemo the African Grey Parrot.




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