Everyone loves owls! Yet, how often do you get to see an owl up close? Perhaps you've glimpsed the shadowy form of a Great-horned Owl in the beam of your headlights as you traveled a back road at night. Have you ever scanned a frozen saltmarsh or hayfield in winter, hoping to find that arctic hunter, the Snowy Owl? How about that mob of noisy crows circling a white pine tree? Have they found an owl? Join teacher/naturalist Marcia Wilson and author/photographer/naturalist Mark Wilson in sharing their passion for owls!
This program introduces you to the owls of New England and beyond. Mark and Marcia share the field marks, signs, and naturalist's skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them. Next, you meet six live owls (from small to huge) up close. Everyone participates in a hooting lesson and learns tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. While the selection of live owls varies from group to group, chances are you'll meet New England's tiniest owl, the Northern Saw-Whet Owl (weighing in at 4 ounces) along with the world's largest owl, the Eurasian Eagle Owl (check out that five foot wingspan!). Other species can include Eastern Screech Owl, Barred Owl, Barn Owl, Great-horned Owl, Snowy Owl, and Spectacled Owl. Owl pellets and white wash are topics of great interest and Marcia and Mark spend time dissecting these fascinating aspects of owl biology, too!
This program is held outdoors. Seating is informal. Please bring a chair or blanket for your comfort. Preregistration is highly recommended. Register at www.thetrustees.org/birdpark
Questions? Contact Maura (email@example.com; 508.668.6136). For updates and announcements, please follow Bird Park programs on Facebook @friendsofbirdpark.