Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Owl Prowl on November 3

imageOwl photo by Paul Armstrong

You can learn about amazing local nocturnal animals at annual Owl Prowl near Exeter on Saturday, November 3

Hundreds of people to call for owls, learn about nighttime creatures; Conservation Halton to bring live owls; Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation is sponsor 

Owls are amazing nocturnal animals. The Owl Prowl is a local chance to learn about these special nighttime creatures and even meet them. Ausable Bayfield Conservation hosts the annual Owl Prowl event at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, east of Exeter, on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Those who attend can meet live owls from Conservation Halton’s Mountsberg Raptor Centre.

There are two sessions. The first session is recommended for families and starts at 6 p.m. The second session starts at 7:30 p.m. Each 90-minute session begins with a short talk from Ausable Bayfield Conservation educators on owls. After the talk, attendees are sorted into two groups. One group stays in the workshop to meet live owls and ask questions about them, or dissect a pellet, or have their picture taken with Otis the Owl (human-sized costumed owl). The second group ventures on a night hike, with trained Ausable Bayfield Conservation educators to call in and look for owls that live in the conservation area near Exeter. During this hike, past participants have seen and heard Eastern Screech Owls but it’s not guaranteed to see or hear them any given year.

The annual Owl Prowl takes place two kilometres east of Exeter, just south of Highway 83, at 71108 Morrison Line. The event happens at the conservation area’s workshop behind the main public office of the administration centre building. This event lets people get outside in the evening, go for a walk with friends and family, and put senses to the test by listening and looking for owls. 

Admission is by donation. Net proceeds from the event will go to Jones Bridge – a project to make the community safer and more active by building a new pedestrian bridge on the South Huron Trail so people don’t have to walk by the roadway beside vehicle traffic to enjoy both trail sections.

Space for seating is limited. Organizers ask attendees to dress for the weather and to leave pets at home. Also, the event hosts ask you to please ‘Lug-a-Mug’ to enjoy a hot chocolate.

Hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations over the years through engaging multimedia presentations at this yearly moonlit guided hike to call for owls. To learn more, contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email info@abca.ca.

“This is a great chance for people of all ages to learn about owls,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield  Conservation. “This is a rare chance for people to get outside, get active in the evening and learn about amazing local nocturnal animals and how they adapt to life in the night.”

Special thanks go to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation for sponsoring the event, she said. 

A flyer about the event is posted online at abca.ca at this link: 

 
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