The Madeira, Ohio, Branch Library, 7200 Miami Avenue, (at Euclid Avenue), Madeira, Ohio, held a FREE PUBLIC afternoon presentation on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 02:00 p. m.

It was held in The Children’s Section, under the auspicies of Mrs. Deborah Hull, Children’s Librarian, on another mid summer hot, humid afternoon.

Like other previous sessions, this, too, consisted of a standing room only audience of 40, plus, adults and many energetic boisterous misbehaving youths.

The presenter was Stephanie, a Naturalist, with Great Parks, Cincinnati, Ohio, who stated she works at Sharon Woods.

She continued that she is involved with animals that one may find in their backyard.

She declared that she had four animals today that one may find in a back yard, a school yard, or at Sharon Woods.

Normally, these types of animals take care of themselves.

I will start off with a reptile.


(NOTE: During this afternoon setting  a Mother in the audience announced aloud to many of those around her that she would be going a short distance, to wit: between two rows of shelved books in the children’s section to (…my verbiage here–to complete “a personal hygiene issue” for one of her children, with that child, and she proceeded to that location.

Personally, I was stunned.

I believe that this incident should have been completed in the privacy of the provided proximate public “designated facilities” at this venue.

Obviously it was not.

Her parenting “skills” left much to be desired!)


The first animal presented was a turtle, a box turtle, that she had named Myrtle.

It can pull its head, arms, and legs into its shell.

The top part of its shell is called the carapace.

The bottom part of its shell is called the plastron.

It has a backbone.

The shell has a backbone in it.

To determine its gender, one must observe its shell.

The female has a flat shell, while the male has a dent in its shell.

It could live to be 100 years of age.

Stephanie walked the crowd with  this turtle held by her, as well as that of a demonstrative empty shell of its species.

Animal Number Two–A Snapping Turtle; Infant; It was less than one year old; He is very well “camoed.”

He has a very long neck.

To eat, he waits for fish to come by.

He has a strong mouth.

He could live to be 75 years of age.

He is a very good swimmer.

Males have a long tale.

Females have a short tale.

The shell of this species is very bumpy.

Again, Stephanie carried this tiny turtled through the audience to show all as well as another demonstrative empty shell.

Animal Number Three–A Black Wrap (?) Snake.

Its name is Beatrix.

It can grow to eight feet in length.

This is the biggest snake in Ohio.

Female snakes lay eggs, eat mice, and can swallow an egg whole.

It smells with its tongue.

It may bite you if it feels threatened by you or is hungry for food.

It has a scaly surface, which protects its skin.

Stephanie then declared, “If  you wish to pet her today, put your two fingers together, like this, today.”

At this point in time, Stephanie, walks through the audience holding this snake, and allowing those that wish to pet it to do so at this time.

She also passes around a sample of shedded snake skin.

This type of snake sheds its skin and leaves it behind.

It can climb a wall.

Stephanie then walks to a proximate wall and shows all how it can start to climb a wall.

If you pick up a snake in your yard, will it bite you?

The answer is that it may very well do so, then.

In order for me to bring it here to show you all today, I have put it in and carried it in here in a bag.

This snake has no eyes.

It can feel vibrations.

Animal–Number Four–Is a Red Tailed Hawk.

His name is, “Gandorf.”

If he gets nervous he will try to fly.


(NOTE: At this point in time, he suddenly defecates upon the library carpet, startling many in the audience.)


Stephanie has previously had this hawk secured from a cage, and  had put on long leather gloves and the hawk is secured to a cord on her arm.

He eats small rodents, mice, and snakes.

Previously he has gotten hit by a car.

He was injured.

That is why he will stay with us.

We care for him.

He cannot survive, as is, on his own, due to being hit by a car.

He has good eyes.

He has large eyes, with a smaller brain.

He has a sharp beak and claws.

He has sharp talons.

He is a good nest builder.

Female hawks of this species are much larger in size.

With their beak, they can fix their feathers.

Stephanie, again, brings this hawk, while holding onto him, out into the audience for close up observation.

As she commences to return it to its cage, is suddenly flips over and struggles to regain its upright stature.

After several seconds and attempts, this hawk finally rights itself in an upright position back on her arm, and is returned to his transport cage.

Stephanie thanks the audience for attending.

This event adjourns at 02:47 p. m.


(NOTE: Throughout this public event–prior to, during, and after–I remain extremely much very disappointed in many of the adults present that attended this event with minor age children.

Many children were running around, screaming, yelling, and the adults that they belonged to did absolutely nothing.

Allow me to repeat that thought, please.

The adults that these children belonged to did absolutely nothing.

Stephanie the presenter, exhibited remarkable poise and was calm throughout the presentation.

Personally, the way many of these children behaved, was an embarrassment to all.

For the majority of the event, it was, shall I say, judiciously, mild bedlam, with their poor public behavior.

Yes, boys and girls!

These truly are “different times”–sigh!!!!)