A great horned owl looks up at Kathy Hershey while she talks to a group of Lydia Middleton fourth graders about the bird’s hunting practices. The top photo is of an adult screech owl. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
A great horned owl looks up at Kathy Hershey while she talks to a group of Lydia Middleton fourth graders about the bird’s hunting practices. The top photo is of an adult screech owl. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators brought a variety of animals to Lydia Middleton Elementary School on Thursday to show to second- and fourth-grade students animals that can be found around the area.

Kathy Hershey, one of Utopia's founders, presented the rehabilitated animals to the students.

"We help take care of wild animals," Hershey said. She explained that they usually release the animals they help, but some are so badly hurt that they can't re-release them.

Those animals, Hershey said, are the ones her organization takes to schools for presentations.

"This is Star, because she's the star of the show," Hershey said as she pulled a great horned owl from a covered crate in the school's auditorium.

Hershey told students about how owls make nests, use their feathers to camouflage and hunt prey.

"She's like a stealth bomber," she said. "She doesn't make a sound."