Feathered friends: First graders at Francine Delany adopt an owl

Michael J. Skinner, executive director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, a bird of prey sanctuary based out of Sylva, presents Shadow to the student body. Photo by Cindy Kunst
Michael J. Skinner, executive director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, a bird of prey sanctuary based out of Sylva, presents Shadow to the student body. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Students at Francine Delany New School in Asheville welcomed an unusual new addition to the classroom this morning: an barred owl named Shadow. The owl is the school’s mascot, and after the first graders completed a Birds of Prey program lead by the Balsam Mountain Trust staff, the class raised over $1,000 to adopt Shadow for three years. On Friday, May 30, Shadow and some other owl friends visited the students at Francine Delany for an adoption ceremony. Photos by Cindy Kunst.

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