In the video below, Stephen Raid, a staff member at the Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC) in Belle Glade, introduces 5- to 6-week-old barn-owl chicks to about 30 students at the April 6 open house. Note the dead rats and other critters that the chicks’ parents have delivered. / All photos by J.D. Vivian except as noted
Editor’s note: This is the third and final installment of Florida Food & Farm’s stories on EREC’s open house. The 800-acre EREC is part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). For more information, visit http://erec.ifas.ufl.edu.