In celebration of the release of the film, we went hiking with esteemed birdologist Scott Logan at the Franklin Canyon Park. The park rests on 605 acres near the center of Los Angeles between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills. Within the park boundaries are chaparral, grasslands and oak woodlands, a three-acre lake, an ADA-accessible duck pond, expansive picnic grounds, and over five miles of hiking trails. The lake and pond serve as permanent and seasonal home for birds in the Pacific flyway. This fantastic park for families with young children has a loop trail around the reservoir that is stroller friendly.
Esteemed Birdologist Scott Logon lead our bird hike. He was very patient with all of the questions from the kids and parents.
Scott Logan explaining the type of birds that roam in California and some that we might encounter on our hike.
Bird nest on sight , built with mud to house only the young.
The beginning of our hike. Logan explaining what birds he sees so far.
Along the hike, we stopped at various points and the kids all took turns looking at birds from afar through a telescope.
Overlooking Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir nestled within the mountains of Los Angeles.
Following the hike were arts and crafts. Water color with bird themes of course.
Another favorite for crafting was origami. They made birds that had moveable wings.
Origami instructions and paper.
A Stork’s Journey features the voice talents of Drake Bell (Superhero Movie, “Drake and Josh”), YouTube star Justine “iJustine” Ezarik, and Jane Lynch (“Glee,” Wreck-It Ralph).
Eric Neveux explaining the art of creating the soundtrack for A Stork’s Journey. Listen to the soundtrack here. He explained that it is very important for sound to be incorporated into the movement and colors that we see in the film. I asked if every scene required a different song and he replied no, that it would be near impossible to create a different song for every scene. There are hundreds of scenes, especially in an animated film. In front of him is the original score that he was in charge of. He hired all of the musicians himself and supervised the entire creative process!
We had healthy picnic lunch baskets waiting on us. They were delicious and the baskets make cute keepsakes.
Visiting the Sooky Goldman Nature Center is a real treat. There are interactive activities for the kids as well as actual taxidermy animals on display.
Lot’s of opportunity for imaginative play.