Ocala Wildlife Sanctuary educates public on native birds

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- Many of Florida's native birds mate for life. Every month management at Sholom Park holds an educational program, the LEAFseries.

This month's presentation was from the Ocala Wildlife Sanctuary. The idea is to provide education to all ages.

"And what we wanted to do here at Sholom Park is offer a way to be a cultural center and to bring people here to learn, to understand, to explore. We do all kinds of interesting things that are really just for people to open their minds, explore, get people out,” Managing Director for Sholom Park, Robert Colen said.

The sanctuary crew brought along Hobie a great horned owl to show how loving these birds can be.

"Our goal today was just to bring awareness to the love of the birds. We had a wonderful turnout today here at Sholom Park and our goal is always just to bring awareness of how these animals are, how incredible they do show love and the importance of caring for them too,” Keith Belisle with the Ocala Wildlife Sanctuary said.

The LEAF program is free and open to the public. The next presentation in the Leaf Series will be on Friday, March 20 at 10:30 am. It will be on mindfulness.