Northwest Park hosts educational ‘Whose Egg Is It?’ egg hunt

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Tue., Apr. 2, 2013
Northwest Park ‘Whose Egg Is It?’
Emily gets a hug from the Easter Bunny at Northwest Park’s ‘Whose Egg Is It?’ event. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

The weather could not have been more perfect for the “Whose Egg Is It?” event held at Northwest Park on Sunday, March 31. With families already in the mood for Easter and a record turnout of almost 300 guests, everyone arrived at Northwest Park to determine “eggs-actly” whose eggs were dark blue, light blue, large, small, speckled, or otherwise.

“I was so impressed with how the participants were with the education approach,” said Jen Filer, environmental educator at the park. “This event is just about getting the families out in the springtime, getting their senses loaded, out and active,” she said.

As children walked the familiar Northwest Park trails, they stumbled upon what were referred to as “replica” eggs - eggs painted to look just like the real thing. Perhaps it was a robin’s or blue bird’s egg, or perhaps another sort of locally found bird. Needless to say, while those eggs were interesting and a draw for the older attendees, the kids didn’t stop too long at any nature-replica egg. They quickly moved on to find their allotment of four “shiny eggs.” Those, of course, were the ones filled with candy.

With the help of the park’s guides, the children then were challenged to determine whose replica egg they had retrieved and placed them in the correct artificial nest located back at the nature center.

In addition to this main event, park volunteers had set up a comprehensive display of mounted birds and their accompanying eggs. Some eggs were only 1 inch long, like those of the hummingbird. Kids were also able to hear what the different bird calls sounded like.

The park has been offering this event since 2008.

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