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The SCV’s wild side put on display

Placerita Canyon Nature Center volunteers show off local owls, snakes, more

Posted: August 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Volunteer Roger McClure displays a great horned owl at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center.


For Placerita Canyon Nature Center volunteer Roger McClure, the Saturday children’s animal show is just a way to introduce the neighbors to Santa Clarita Valley residents.

“We show the public the animals that they can find in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said McClure, referring to owls, opossums, snakes, birds and tarantulas that volunteers like himself show to kids every Saturday at 1 p.m.

“They can see the animals up close and ask us questions,” McClure said.

Last Saturday, 4-year-old Sophie Sarandos asked McClure if the great horned owl he was holding could flap its wings. McClure responded by tilting his wrist slightly forward, causing the owl to use its wings to steady itself.

“I like how (the owl) flapped its wings,” Sarandos said after the show. “I liked its big eyes.”

Gabrielle LeMar brought her 3-year-old daughter Riayn to the show after looking online for kids’ activities in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“We just moved here from West Los Angeles,” said LeMar, a Valencia resident. “It’s exciting to be closer to nature here.”

Riayn said the gopher snake was her favorite animal in the show. When a volunteer brought out an opossum, Riayn asked if its fur felt scaly.

“My kids are huge animal fans,” LeMar said. “They like insects and everything.”

The Placerita Canyon Nature Center offers a family nature walk at 11 a.m. and a live native animal show at 1 p.m. every Saturday. The center is at 19152 Placerita Canyon Road in Newhall and can be reached at 661-259-7721.


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