Monday, December 2, 2013

It’s that time of year again! Owl Prowls are here!

If you’d like to participate in one of this season’s Owl Prowls, now is the time to make your reservations! 

Registration opened in August and some dates are already sold out. Don’t panic – we still have several dates available and have added a few more opportunities to join us, including a few evenings reserved just for those aged 16 and over.

Shakespeare, the Barred Owl, is likely to greet you as you walk down one of our paved paths
World Bird Sanctuary Owl Prowls have become quite well known and continue to gain popularity.  People of all ages have been fascinated with owls since the beginning of time.  This is your opportunity to see for yourself what makes these amazing birds so popular.

In the classroom you might meet Minerva, our beautiful Barn Owl
Not sure what an Owl Prowl is all about?  Your adventure will start inside our Nature Center, where one of our Naturalists will give an educational presentation about several different species of owls.  Not only will you have the opportunity to see multiple species of owls up close, but you will experience their silent flight demonstrations as they fly just inches over your head.

A Great Horned Owl is one of the native owls you may hear on your night hike
After the presentation you will be led on an easy night hike where you will have an opportunity to work on your owl calling skills.  Hopefully you’ll get to hear one of our resident wild owls hoot back. Many Missouri owls are very vocal throughout the fall and winter as they establish territory boundaries.  This makes for a great opportunity to try and hear a wild owl hooting, to learn different species’ calls and to try and call an owl yourself.

Dress for the weather, and bring your camera.  No flashlights please...the Naturalist leading the hike will provide any necessary lighting.  Seating is limited and advance reservations are required.

2013 dates remaining:
December 13, 20, 28

2014 dates:
January 3, 5 (for age 16 and over), 10, 11, 31
February 7, 15, 22
March 8, 14

Special dates for age 16 and over:
January 5
February 2 & 16

Owl Prowls start at 7:00 pm and will last 1.5 – 2 hours

Cost:  $9 for adults; $7 for children under 12
Group rates available for groups of 10 or more
WBS Friends and Adopt A Bird parents get a 10% discount!

Reservations required. 

Please call (636) 225-4390, ext. 1 to register with MC or VISA

Spaces are limited and sell out quickly.  Reserve your date today!

Submitted by Billie Baumann, World Bird Sanctuary Outreach Coordinator

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