Second and third grade students at Friendship Village School learned a great deal about some special nocturnal birds Sept. 26 when the Chewonki Foundation paid a visit.

The Chewonki program, known as Owls of Maine: Habits and Adaptations of Maine's Native Owls, highlights three owls native to Maine and New England.

Beginning with slides and sounds, the students learned the identifying characteristics and calls of each owl; then, using talons, wings and skulls, they explored the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters.

Jessica Woodent of Chewonki presented the program, which culminated with an intimate and detailed look at three live owls — the little Saw-Whet Owl, the medium-sized Barred Owl and the very large Great Horned Owl.