Magic of flight, from birds to planes

Jan 18, 2013

Owls Head — Ever wonder how birds fly or how airplanes get off the ground? This is the chance to find out. On Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m., Wind Over Wings will bring four birds of prey to the Owls Head Transportation Museum to discuss the magic of flight as part of the museum’s free Winter Education Series.

Wind Over Wings is a nonprofit, wildlife educational center featuring magnificent birds who are unable to survive in their natural environment. Saturday’s “Feathers & Flight” presentation will include a large owl to demonstrate silent flight when she flaps her wings; a kestrel who is a falcon, among the fastest creatures on earth; a Red-tailed Hawk to show beautiful feathers; and a Saw-whet Owl who had flown into a window. Each bird is an individual and each has a story so join in to learn how wind over wings allows for the magic of flight in both birds and planes.

“Feathers & Flight” is the second in a series of seven winter education programs to be offered by the Owls Head Transportation Museum. All programs begin at 1 p.m. with the exception of the Introduction to Metal Shaping on Feb. 23. Programs are free to the public, thanks to the support of the Museum’s Lang Education Center and donations.

The remaining Winter Education programs at the Owls Head Transportation Museum are:

Feb. 9: Horse-Drawn Freighting in America

Nick Buck returns to the education series to explore how America moved freight in the last 1800s and early 1900s. Drawing on an encyclopedic knowledge of and a lifetime of working with animals, Nick has been a presenter in the series for several years.

Feb. 23: Introduction to Metal Shaping (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

This program is ideal for those who are interested in learning how to shape sheet metal for use in automotive, motorcycle, and aircraft fabrication, as well as the metal arts. Instructor Tim Watson will lead the class through the use of basic tools and techniques. Hands-on slots are all full but spectators still welcome.

March 9: Rockland’s Lime Rock Railroad

Spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, the Lime Rock Railroad served not only the lime industry in Rockland, but a variety of others. A panel of local historians, including David Hoch, Larry Goldman, Gil Merriam and John Ware will address the history of this important line.

April 6: The Trolley Parks of Maine

Trolley parks are a now forgotten way of life, providing a destination for day-trippers and inexpensive entertainment around the state. These parks were supported by the electric trolley lines that provided transportation to so many Mainers. Join Amber Tatnall and Randy Leclair, of the Seashore Trolley Museum as they revisit some of Maine’s most popular Trolley Parks.

April 20: Roadside Maine, A Nostalgic Journey Up Route 1

Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth presents an illustrated talk comprised of postcard views of roadside architecture along Route 1 in Maine from the 1900s to 1960s. Learn how automobile travel, especially summer tourism travel, transformed Route 1 and the communities through which it passes.

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