Despite being easily recognized with their large heads and eyes, owls are rarely seen.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary will celebrate these fascinating creatures both day and night on Saturday, Nov. 9, with live owls featured in special programs in the afternoon and an "Owl Prowl" in the evening.
At Owl Day from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 9, visitors can learn about these silent hunters of the night with 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 Audubon Center & Sanctuary is celebrating owls on Saturday, Nov. 9. Visiting fascinating creatures like these red and gray Screech Owls will be part of the afternoon’s “Owl Day.” Adventurous folk can participate in the evening “Owl Prowl.”
Highlighting the afternoon will be Mark Baker, a licensed raptor rehabilitator. Baker will bring several of his owls that are unable to be released back into the wild. Spectators can visit with him and his owls and then learn more during his programs at 2 and 4 p.m.
New will be food including soup, hotdogs and cookies and behind-the-scenes tours of Liberty, Audubon's resident Bald Eagle. There will also be an owl calling contest at 3 p.m., and prizes will be awarded.
Scout leaders are reminded to call 569-2345 to make reservations for their Scouts to earn Owl Patches. On arrival they can check in at a special table where they will be made honorary Friends of the Nature Center for the day.
Reservations are not required for this event. The fee is $8, $6 for Friends of the Nature Center, $6 for children between the ages of 3 and 12 and free 2 and under. The program fee includes building admission.
The "Owl Prowl" will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9. 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 will want to dress for the weather and bring only flashlights with a red lens or filter.
Owl Prowl participation is limited. The fee is $8 or $6 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations are required by Thursday, Nov. 7, and can be made by calling 569-2345 or clicking on "Program Listing" under Quick Links at jamestownaudubon.org and following the links.
Audubon's Blue Heron Gift Shop will feature owl finger and hand puppets as well as related books for both adults and children.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.
For more information on these and all Audubon programs and opportunities, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.