The Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary will be celebrating "Owl Day" on Saturday with live owls featured in special programs in the afternoon and evening.
At "What a Hoot!" from 1 to 4 p.m., visitors can learn about these silent hunters of the night hands-on activities that demonstrate their unique hunting techniques. Those attending can find out what owls eat by dissecting an owl pellet and make an owl craft to take home.
The highlight of the afternoon will be live owls. Mark Baker, a licensed raptor rehabilitator, will be at Audubon with several of his owls that are unable to be released back into the wild. Baker and his owls will be available at 1 and 3 p.m.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary has declared Saturday to be “Owl Day,” with live owls featured in special programs in the afternoon and evening. A grey owl is pictured above.
Reservations are not required for the event. The cost is $7 or $5 for Friends of the Nature Center. The program fee includes building admission.
Despite being easily recognized with their large heads and eyes, owls are rarely seen. However, they can often be heard calling in the night. In the winter, owls become more vocal as they set up territories and search for mates.
The Audubon Center will also host an "Owl Prowl" from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. After a short indoor presentation, participants will head outside, where recordings of several owls will be used to try to get a response. "Prowlers" will even learn and try their own owl calls and find out how their senses compare to that of an owl.
Participants are reminded to dress for the weather and bring only flashlights with a red lens or filter. Reservations are required by Thursday, by calling 569-2345, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or clicking on "Program Listing" under Quick Links at jamestownaudubon.org and following the links.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter mile off Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.
For more information on these and all Audubon programs and opportunities, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.