Connie Hefty, Verona, arrived with 11 members of her family, Friday, Aug. 7, at Hoo's Woods, Milton, to celebrate her 99th birthday.

Connie's daughter, Jackie, said after a family of barred owls nested on her wooded Madison-area property, Connie became "enthralled" with the birds.

With the help of Hoo's Woods Director and Founder Dianne Moller, the family surprised Connie with a visit to Hoo's Woods, where she was able to meet several owls, including a barred owl named "Clark," all of whom reside as education ambassadors at the raptor center.

Pictures from the birthday celebration follow.

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