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Owl Prowl

Join us for the 2019 Owl Prowl

Event Host: Ausable Bayfield Conservation

Town: Exeter (RR 3 Exeter)

Municipality: South Huron

Telephone: 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610

Email: info@abca.ca

Web page: Owl Prowl web page (https://www.abca.ca/events/owlprowl)

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019

Time:

The Owl Prowl has three sessions.

First session:

  • 5:30 p.m.

Families with children under 6 years of age are invited to come for a half-hour stroll starting at 5:30 p.m.

Second and  third sessions:

  • 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The next two sessions are 90 minutes in length starting at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. with a short talk on owls followed by the night looking and listening for owls. 

Each 90-minute session begins with a short talk on owls by conservation educators from Ausable Bayfield Conservation. After the talk, staff sort attendees into two groups.

One group stays in the workshop to meet live owls with Conservation Halton staff, or dissect a pellet, or have their picture taken with Otis the Owl (a human-sized costumed owl).

The second group ventures on a night hike, with conservation educators, to call in and look for owls that live in the conservation area near Exeter. 

After 30 minutes, the groups switch. Attendees who started inside with Conservation Halton then go outside and those that were on the night hike finish up inside. Everyone gets a chance to see and do everything, according to conservation educators.

Location: Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 71108 Morrison Line (Exeter), 2 km east of Exeter, south of Highway 83 

Cost: By donation

Description:

Each year Ausable Bayfield Conservation hosts an Owl Prowl at Morrison Dam Conservation Area Workshop, 71108 Morrison Line, 2 km east of Exeter, just south of Highway 83.

It’s a chance to hear an interactive presentation about owls and to take part in a night-hike owl ‘hoot.’  

Take some time to turn off the televisions and computer devices and step out into the fresh air to enjoy nature and listen for owls. This is not some strange ritual. It’s the Owl Prowl.

  • Seating is limited.
  • Please dress for the weather.
  • Please leave your pets at home.
  • Some families may want to come to earlier session.
  • Some people have seen and heard Eastern Screech Owls during this distinctive and educational evening event.

Learn about owls through an interactive participation, live birds (to be confirmed) and then have a ‘hoot’ on the moonlit, guided night hike.

Download the flyer:

  • Poster - Owl Prowl -  Flyer (pending - watch for it!)

This event is sponsored by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Office Workshop
71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter.

(If you go one concession or 2 km east of Exeter on Highway 83 then turn south on Morrison Line and on the east side).

Cost:

Admission by donation.

When

Ausable Bayfield Conservation would like to thank the Raptor Centre, with Conservation Halton, for having taken part - with live owls - at the 2018 Owl Prowl.

The Owl Prowl has three sessions.

First session:

5:30 p.m.

Families with children under 6 years of age are invited to come for a half-hour stroll starting at 5:30 p.m.

Second and  third sessions:

6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The next two sessions are 90 minutes in length starting at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. with a short talk on owls followed by the night looking and listening for owls. 

Each 90-minute session begins with a short talk on owls by conservation educators from Ausable Bayfield Conservation. After the talk, staff sort attendees into two groups.

One group stays in the workshop to meet live owls with Conservation Halton staff, or dissect a pellet, or have their picture taken with Otis the Owl (a human-sized costumed owl).

The second group ventures on a night hike, with conservation educators, to call in and look for owls that live in the conservation area near Exeter. 

After 30 minutes, the groups switch. Attendees who started inside with Conservation Halton then go outside and those that were on the night hike finish up inside. Everyone gets a chance to see and do everything, according to conservation educators.Sessions include a brief presentation followed by a walk into the woods to look for owls.

Guests have had time to meet the owls from the Raptor Centre.

Also, be on the lookout for our flying mascot, Otis.

What to bring?

Please lug-a-mug to enjoy some hot chocolate.

Please dress for the weather and leave your dog at home (thanks!).

News release - 2019

September 10, 2019

Learn about amazing local nocturnal animals at annual Owl Prowl east of Exeter on Saturday, November 2, 2019
Hundreds of people to call for owls; Conservation Halton to bring live owls; Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation is sponsor

It’s a hoot. You learn about owls and even meet them at the “fun, local” Owl Prowl. This annual event is Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Morrison Dam Conservation Area. The address is 71108 Morrison Line, just two kilometres east of Exeter, south of Highway 83.

Owls are incredible creatures of the night. Over the years, hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations at the annual Owl Prowl. “People of all ages and abilities are welcome at this event,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation. “The guided hike portion will take place on fairly flat trails and cover a distance of less than 500 metres,” she said. “Families can use this event as a chance to get outside and get active.”

Those who attend can meet live owls from Conservation Halton’s Mountsberg Raptor Centre.  The live owl presentation is sponsored by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. Admission is by donation (suggested donation of $10 per family). Net proceeds from this year’s event will be used to purchase new education equipment to support Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s in-school water safety program. 

The Owl Prowl has three sessions. Families with children under 6 years of age are invited to come for a half-hour stroll starting at 5:30 p.m. The next two sessions are 90 minutes in length starting at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. with a short talk on owls followed by the night looking and listening for owls. 

Each 90-minute session begins with a short talk on owls by conservation educators from Ausable Bayfield Conservation. After the talk, staff sort attendees into two groups. One group stays in the workshop to meet live owls with Conservation Halton staff, or dissect a pellet, or have their picture taken with Otis the Owl (a human-sized costumed owl). The second group ventures on a night hike, with conservation educators, to call in and look for owls that live in the conservation area near Exeter.  After 30 minutes, the groups switch. Attendees who started inside with Conservation Halton then go outside and those that were on the night hike finish up inside. Everyone gets a chance to see and do everything, according to conservation educators.

The Owl Prowl event starts at the conservation area’s workshop behind the main public office of the administration centre building. Space for seating is limited. Organizers ask attendees to dress for the weather and to leave pets at home. Event hosts ask you to please ‘Lug-a-Mug’ to enjoy a warm hot chocolate.

To learn more, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at abca.ca at this link: https://www.abca.ca/events/owlprowl/ You may also contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email info@abca.ca

What is the Owl Prowl?

It’s a chance to hear an interactive presentation about owls and to take part in a night-hike owl ‘hoot.’ 

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation has sponsored a live owl presentation.

Some people have seen and heard Eastern Screech Owls during this distinctive and educational evening event.

Each year Ausable Bayfield Conservation hosts an Owl Prowl at Morrison Dam Conservation Area Workshop, 71108 Morrison Line, 2 km east of Exeter, just south of Highway 83.

Take some time to turn off the televisions and computer devices and step out into the fresh air to enjoy nature and listen for owls. This is not some strange ritual. It’s the Owl Prowl.

Hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations through engaging multimedia presentations and this moonlit guided hike to call for owls.

Please contact us for more information: 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610

You may also contact us through our contact form feedback form or staff contacts page.

  • Seating is limited.
  • Please dress for the weather.
  • Please leave your pets at home.
  • Some families may want to come to earlier session.
  • Birds of the Watershed 

You can learn about amazing local nocturnal animals at annual Owl Prowl near Exeter on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Space for seating is limited. Organizers ask attendees to dress for the weather and to leave pets at home. Also, the event hosts ask you to please ‘Lug-a-Mug’ to enjoy a hot chocolate.

“This is a great chance for people of all ages to learn about owls,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield  Conservation. “This is a rare chance for people to get outside, get active in the evening and learn about amazing local nocturnal animals and how they adapt to life in the night.”

The Eastern Screech Owl file photo is by Paul Armstrong.

Special thanks go to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation for sponsoring the event.

Here is a news release about the 2018 Owl Prowl:

Issued: November 9, 2018

More than 250 people attend Owl Prowl, help to raise $900 in donations for new pedestrian bridge on South Huron Trail
Attendees at Owl Prowl help to make community safer, more active 

The annual Owl Prowl event at Morrison Dam Conservation Area is more popular than ever with more than 250 people having attended the owl-themed event east of Exeter on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

“We were very pleased to have such tremendous turnout again this year,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation. “The Owl Prowl continues to draw people from all over the region. It was a great evening.”  

The owl event raised funds for Jones Bridge, which will provide a safer, more scenic alternative for people so students, nature campers, and other trail users won’t have to walk by the roadway beside vehicle traffic to enjoy both sections of the popular South Huron Trail. Attendees at the Owl Prowl donated $900 towards Jones Bridge, the new pedestrian bridge being built on the South Huron Trail to make the community safer and more active. “We would like to thank all who attended for their generous support of Jones Bridge,” said Iszczuk. “We would also like to give special thanks to the many volunteers who helped to make this an enjoyable event for all.”

Ausable Bayfield Conservation, with sponsorship support by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, hosted the event about these amazing, local nocturnal animals. Children and youths, accompanied by parents and guardians, learned about these important nighttime creatures.

Owls didn’t make an appearance on the trails this year but people attending the event had the chance to meet some live owls, thanks to Conservation Halton’s Mountsberg Raptor Centre. The crowd of interested people also learned about owls through presentations and activities.

Thousands of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations over the years through engaging multimedia presentations at this yearly moonlit guided hike to call for owls. To find out more about the Owl Prowl, or to donate to the Jones Bridge Project, visit abca.ca or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.