Yesterday I traveled to the Duvall Library to present the Nightwings program for King County Library System. Teaching these programs has made for a very inspiring summer for me, enjoying the children's excitement about the beautiful owl skins that I borrowed from the Education Department at Seattle Audubon, and then watching their enthusiastic and totally absorbed painting efforts. The children have all levels of experience and yet each of them comes up with something unique and individual that expresses their connection to the birds and to the natural world. I really appreciated the level of interest and engagement of the Duvall families--perhaps living out in the country allows for a more intimate connection with owls, as they see them, especially barn owls, quite often! Many of the children chose to paint barn owls. I'm sharing several of their paintings today, including a couple from the North Bend Library where I taught on Sunday. Many thanks to King County Library and to the Friends of the Library in several of the branches for funding this program.