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  • Naturalist Stephanie Touzalin takes Andre, a Great Horned owl, out to show to visitors Sunday during the "Big, Bad and Beautiful: Your Backyard Birds of Prey" presentation at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Andre and a Red Tailed hawk named Henna were shown to 30 people who gathered to learn about the similarities and differences of the large birds of prey.

       Naturalist Stephanie Touzalin takes Andre, a Great Horned owl, out to show to visitors Sunday during the "Big, Bad and Beautiful: Your Backyard Birds of Prey" presentation at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Andre and a Red Tailed hawk named Henna were shown to 30 people who gathered to learn about the similarities and differences of the large birds of prey.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Naturalist Stephanie Touzalin presents Henna, a Red Tailed hawk to visitors Sunday during the "Big, Bad and Beautiful: Your Backyard Birds of Prey" presentation at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Henna and a Great Horned owl named Andre were shown to 30 people who gathered to learn about the similarities and differences of the large birds of prey.

       Naturalist Stephanie Touzalin presents Henna, a Red Tailed hawk to visitors Sunday during the "Big, Bad and Beautiful: Your Backyard Birds of Prey" presentation at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Henna and a Great Horned owl named Andre were shown to 30 people who gathered to learn about the similarities and differences of the large birds of prey.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Andre, a Great Horned owl, lets out a big yawn while naturalist Stephanie Touzalin talks about the ear tufts on his head Sunday during the "Big, Bad and Beautiful: Your Backyard Birds of Prey" presentation at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Andre and a Red Tailed hawk named Henna were shown to 30 people who gathered to learn about the similarities and differences of the large birds of prey.

       Andre, a Great Horned owl, lets out a big yawn while naturalist Stephanie Touzalin talks about the ear tufts on his head Sunday during the "Big, Bad and Beautiful: Your Backyard Birds of Prey" presentation at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Andre and a Red Tailed hawk named Henna were shown to 30 people who gathered to learn about the similarities and differences of the large birds of prey.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Naturalist Stephanie Touzalin shows various clawed feet of Red Tailed hawks Sunday during "Big, Bad and Beautiful: Your Backyard Birds of Prey" presentation at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

       Naturalist Stephanie Touzalin shows various clawed feet of Red Tailed hawks Sunday during "Big, Bad and Beautiful: Your Backyard Birds of Prey" presentation at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Thirty people of all ages gathered Sunday to learn about Red Tailed hawks and Great Horned owls during the presentation "Big, Bad and Beautiful, Your Backyard Birds of Prey" at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

Naturalist Stephanie Touzalin kicked off the 90-minute program with images of the two species of birds commonly seen in the area, followed by a guest appearance by educational birds Henna, a Red Tailed hawk, and Andre, a Great Horned owl.

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Touzalin also had wings, clawed feet, feathers and skulls of the birds on display.

Shirley and John Gerding of Lisle, frequent visitors of the center, said they both learned new facts about the birds, in particular the similarities and differences between the two.

For more info on the center and programs, visit www.willowbrookwildlife.org.

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