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Owl Prowl

Owl Prowl returns for ‘one special night’ at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter 
There are two Owl Prowls on Friday, October 27, 2023 – the first is 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; the second Owl Prowl is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Owl Prowl is returning to Morrison Dam Conservation Area, east of Exeter, for one special night. The 2023 Owl Prowl takes place on Friday, October 27, 2023. The first of the two Owl Prowls takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The second Owl Prowl that evening takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA) is located at 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter. It is two kilometres east of Exeter and just south of Highway 83.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation is hosting the event. People interested in attending need to register ahead of time to attend. Registration is free but organizers encourage donations to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) in support of Foundation programming.

Cassie Greidanus is the Conservation Education Coordinator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). She has five years of experience leading night hikes. She invites you to “explore our nocturnal world, including owls and other nocturnal species of Ontario.” She invites people registered for the event to “ ... be prepared to learn all about the night life happening when we are normally tucked into bed ...” and to “ ... discover the adaptations of our owls and the creatures with which they co-exist.”

The Owl Prowl gives people a way to be active in nature, listen for owls, learn about local animals that are active at night, and to show their support for conservation education, according to the ABCA Conservation Education Coordinator. “This event is possible thanks to the donations by those taking part,” she said. “That generous support raises money to support conservation education programs for the next year.”

To find out more visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation events page or contact Cassie on the staff contacts page by email or by phone at 519-235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, extension 262. 

To register for the Owl Prowl, register now, on Zeffy, for Owl Prowl 2023, at this link: Register now.  

There is only one Owl Prowl evening this year so organizers are making it possible for up to 75 people to attend each session. There are no live owls at the event this year.

The Owl Prowl rain date is Saturday, October 28, 2023.

Owls are incredible creatures of the night. Over the years, hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations at the annual Owl Prowl.

The Owl Prowl is possible thanks to the support of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, and its donors and community supporters, and the support of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) and its member municipalities.

A poster for October Owl Prowl, 2023.