Astronaut has ties to Sylvan Heights Bird Park

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SCOTLAND NECK, NC (WITN) - A goose that can fly so high it has a connection to space stopped by the WITN studio Thursday morning.

Aviculturist Kat Lewandowski with the Sylvan Heights Bird Park showed off a very chatty guest, Beatrice, on WITN News at Sunrise.

Her species, the bar-headed goose, can migrate over the planet's tallest mountains, including the Himalayas and Mount Everest.

Astronaut Jessica Meir, who just made history on the first ever all-female spacewalk, visited the Sylvan Heights Bird Park back in 2010 to raise a flock of geese and learn how they are able to fly so high in the sky.

She found that the geese are adapted to fly in low-oxygen conditions because they have larger lungs and breathe more efficiently than other birds.

Beatrice is just four years old so she wasn't involved in the study, but some of her brothers and sisters were!

You will have a chance to visit the bird park during the annual Breakfast with Santa event on December 7 from 9 a.m- 11 a.m. Children and their families can enjoy a holiday-themed breakfast and meet with Santa to hopefully get a few items crossed off their holiday wish lists.

You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets here.

The bird park will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but will be open the days before and after.

Be sure to watch the video above to get a feel for Beatrice's personality!