Great Blue Herons acquired new necks. A great horned owl had a large collection of paper feathers custom-made for it. Little brown bats were born. All of these goings-on this past weekend at the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project’s Fly, Buzz, and Honk! Flying Creatures Expo, co-sponsored with Fresh Pond Reservation. Volunteers from People Making a Difference were on hand to match the puppets and masks with Cambridge species in the form of facepaint. Volunteers from MIT also helped out with everything from structural engineering to paper-plate mask-making. Families heard a bat presentation from Dorothy Barr, a local fan on bats who has volunteered with Bat Conservation International. Ranger Jean Rogers, chief ranger at Fresh Pond Reservation, collaborated with the CWPP to produce the event and was available to talk about animals who live at the reservation with all and sundry. Ranger Jean also alerted attendees to a bat-related event at the reservation on Saturday, October 22 (Click here for all Fresh Pond Reservation public programs).
The “flying creatures expo” was a preface to a major event for puppeteers, parade-lovers, and brass band music fans coming up next month.
The birds and bats at Saturday’s event are part of a larger corps of furred, feathered, and scaled animals that live in Cambridge—rendered as giant puppets and costumes by the CWPP—that will be available to Cambridge individuals, families and school groups to wear and carry in the Cambridge Wildlife marching contingent in the 11th annual Honk! parade on Sunday, October 9th. Click here to sign up to participate.