NECC Observer

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Feathered friends

owl resting on students hand, student is taking the owls heart beat with a stethoscopePhoto by Shayra Castillo

A student listens to an owl’s heartbeat during a field trip to the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine.

NECC students visit Center for Wildlife in Maine

On Friday January 25 Professor Sarah Courchesne took seven students to the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick in York, Maine, on Jan. 25.  Monica Keo, 27, Biology major was among the students that attended the trip for the first time.  Keo says the drive up to Maine was well worth her experience and that she “learned a lot about the wildlife animals.”  Keo was able to interact with a variety of animals and shared that the “trip was successful.” The biology major was closely introduced to snakes, owls, ravens, a porcupine, turtles and falcons. When asked about her favorite part of the trip, she replied, “I enjoyed it all. My favorite part was meeting the owls, they are beautiful and it was amazing to be close to them for the first time. We were even able to listen to their heart beats!”

owl resting on persons hand. person is wearing a glovePhoto by Shayra Castillo

Shayra Castillo, 19, is also a biology major at NECC and attended the trip. Castillo shared, “The people were so welcoming and we got to see the animals and be able to see them in their habitat.” Castillo attended the Center of Wildlife for the first time with professor Courchesne and said that the trip was successful. “I was able to listen to their heart beats and touch their feathers.” Castillo recommends for any student even if they are not pursuing biology or veterinary school. She says the trip is perfect for anyone who wants to meet some animals. When asked her favorite part of the trip, Castillo said, “My favorite part of the trip was probably listening to the owls heartbeat. Their heartbeat was so cute and kind of fast.” 

Kimberly A. Carelli is a 25 year old biology major who described the trip as a “breathtaking resort like sanctuary in the middle of the woods.”  Carelli emphasized how the workers showed passion.  She shared a statement saying, “You can see for your own eyes how loved and devoted the workers  are.” Carelli suggested that students pursuing an animal career attend the trip with Professor Courchesne whom she described as a “bright teacher.”  When asked her favorite part of the trip, Carelli replies, “My favorite part was being able to feel the bodies of the birds and learn their anatomy. I know for certain I want to become a veterinarian more than ever. I would attend this again and hopefully in the future, volunteer. Ms. Courchesne has inspired me and filled my heart with the passion to do more research on all animal life.”



Professor Sarah Courchesne took five students to the Center for Wildlife in York, Maine, on Jan. 25. These photos show some of the animals the students got to interact with while there.

person holding a turtle with both hands over a wooden tablePhoto by Kimberly Carelli
owl resting on wooden beamPhoto by Shayra Castillo

bird resting on a logPhoto by Kimberly Carelli
person holding a corn snakePhoto by Monica Keo
grey owl resting on a branchPhoto by Shayra Castillo