Volunteers from the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition took over Captain Albert Stevens school's Forest Wing the morning of March 31, where they led a variety of avian-related crafts and activities.

Students were enthralled by taxidermy owl, woodpecker and songbirds that Mike Shannon brought in from his collection. When he picked up a woodcock, he asked the group, "Who likes to go out dancing?"

Most of the children raised their hands.

Shannon said that the woodcock does too, and gave a rendition of its courtship dance — two steps forward, one step back — that he said looks remarkably like the "Hokey Pokey."

With other volunteers, students painted birds in watercolors with bright laminated pictures as guides, colored owl masks, and made pine cone bird feeders with peanut butter and bird seed.

K-1 teacher Carole McClure was inspired to invite the group for "Bird Day" because the kindergarten and first-grade students had chosen to feed birds as their latest service-learning project. Their "Coins for Cardinals" campaign raised $198 to purchase bird seed for bird feeders outside the windows of the Forest Wing.

Members of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition have been leading nature and outdoor education programs in elementary and middle schools schools for 10 years, but Cloe Chunn, the organization's secretary, said this was the first time they had been to CASS.