Live, from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center
Zoey Hollander, 4, left, of Canyon Country gets a close-up look as volunteer Roger McClure holds up a 12 year-old American kestrel named Cricket during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
By Dan Watson
Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Rain did not deter a small group of children and parents from visiting some of the interesting, live inhabitants of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday.

Volunteer Roger McClure described the physical characteristics and behaviors of local predatory birds, snakes and spiders during the hour long, Native Live Animal Presentation which occurs weekly on Saturdays at 1 p.m.,  following the Family Nature walk at 11 a.m. at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center.

Both are free of charge.

Volunteer Roger McClure describes how the air passes through the feathers of the flapping wings of Catori, a barn owl, makes them nearly silent during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Volunteer Roger McClure describes how the air passes through the feathers of the flapping wings of Catori, a barn owl, makes them nearly silent during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Adrian Tester, left, looks on as Christian Tester,7, opens his mouth as he can to mimic a snake preparing to eat a mouse during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Adrian Tester, left, looks on as Christian Tester, 7, opens his mouth as he can to mimic a snake preparing to eat a mouse during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Barn owl Catori flaps his wings as volunteer Roger McClure leads the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Barn owl Catori flaps his wings as volunteer Roger McClure leads the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Volunteer Roger McClure describes shape of the head of gopher snake, Sylvester, during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Volunteer Roger McClure describes shape of the head of gopher snake, Sylvester, during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Cricket, a 12 year-old American kestrel watches the members of the audience during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Cricket, a 12 year-old American kestrel watches the members of the audience during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

About the author

Dan Watson

Dan Watson

Dan Watson, Director of Photography, has worked in community news on many local newspapers for decades and has worked at The Santa Clarita Signal for a combined total of 13 years.

Zoey Hollander, 4, left, of Canyon Country gets a close-up look as volunteer Roger McClure holds up a 12 year-old American kestrel named Cricket during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Live, from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center

Rain did not deter a small group of children and parents from visiting some of the interesting, live inhabitants of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday.

Volunteer Roger McClure described the physical characteristics and behaviors of local predatory birds, snakes and spiders during the hour long, Native Live Animal Presentation which occurs weekly on Saturdays at 1 p.m.,  following the Family Nature walk at 11 a.m. at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center.

Both are free of charge.

Volunteer Roger McClure describes how the air passes through the feathers of the flapping wings of Catori, a barn owl, makes them nearly silent during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Volunteer Roger McClure describes how the air passes through the feathers of the flapping wings of Catori, a barn owl, makes them nearly silent during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Adrian Tester, left, looks on as Christian Tester,7, opens his mouth as he can to mimic a snake preparing to eat a mouse during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Adrian Tester, left, looks on as Christian Tester, 7, opens his mouth as he can to mimic a snake preparing to eat a mouse during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Barn owl Catori flaps his wings as volunteer Roger McClure leads the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Barn owl Catori flaps his wings as volunteer Roger McClure leads the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Volunteer Roger McClure describes shape of the head of gopher snake, Sylvester, during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Volunteer Roger McClure describes shape of the head of gopher snake, Sylvester, during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Cricket, a 12 year-old American kestrel watches the members of the audience during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Cricket, a 12 year-old American kestrel watches the members of the audience during the weekly Native Live Animal Presentation at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

About the author

Dan Watson

Dan Watson

Dan Watson, Director of Photography, has worked in community news on many local newspapers for decades and has worked at The Santa Clarita Signal for a combined total of 13 years.