Despite being easily recognized with their large heads and eyes, owls are rarely seen.
The Jamestown 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., visitors can learn about these silent hunters of the night with hands-on activities that demonstrate their unique hunting techniques. You can find out what owls eat by dissecting an owl pellet, or you can make an owl craft to take home.
The highlight of the afternoon will be a demonstration by Mark Baker, a licensed raptor (bird of prey) rehabilitator. Baker will bring several of his owls that are unable to be released back into the wild. You can visit with him and his owls and then learn more during his programs at 2 and 4 p.m.
New this year will be food including soups, hot dogs and cookies, and behind-the-scenes viewings 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 (716) 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 for adults, $6 for Friends of the Nature Center, $6 for Children ages 3-12 and free for children age 2 and under. The program fee includes building admission.
The “Owl Prowl” will be held from 6- 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 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 learn and try their own owl calls and find out how their senses compare to that of an owl’s.
Participants should dress for the weather and bring only flashlights with a red lens or filter.
Owl Prowl participation is limited and reservations are required by Thursday, Nov. 7. The fee is $8; $6 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 or clicking on “Program Listing” under Quick Links at http://jamestownaudubon.org and following the links.
Audubon’s Blue Heron Gift Shop features owl finger and hand puppets as well as many books for both adults and children. Young ones will be fascinated by Jennifer Keats Curtis’s Baby Owl’s Rescue and adults will find both The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors and Sibley’s Owls of North America, a waterproof “folding-guide,” of interest.
The Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.
For more information, call 716-569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org.