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Owl Prowl

Owl Prowls to take place at two local conservation areas 
Ausable Bayfield Conservation hosts Owl Prowls at Rock Glen Conservation Area on October 22, at Morrison Dam Conservation Area on November 5; Owl Prowl at Rock Glen Conservation Area is first one ever held there by ABCA

The popular Owl Prowl is returning in 2022 with two dates and locations. 
The Owl Prowls at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA) are SOLD OUT.

The Owl Prowls take place at Rock Glen Conservation Area (RGCA), Arkona, on Saturday, October 22, 2022 and at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA), east of Exeter, on Saturday, November 5, 2022. The Owl Prowls start at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. both dates.

Nina Sampson is a Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). She said the two October 22 sessions are the first times this conservation authority is hosting an Owl Prowl at Rock Glen. “We are excited to bring back the Owl Prowl in 2022 and we are also excited to host our first Owl Prowls at Rock Glen Conservation Area,” she said. “It’s wonderful to host this event at different times and at different locations in our watershed area.”

The Owl Prowls are held to raise awareness of nocturnal creatures in the watershed and to raise funds for conservation education programs provided by Ausable Bayfield Conservation.  “These events are a great chance to get out and active in nature, listen for owls, learn about animals that are active at night, and to support needed conservation education programs.”

The maximum number of people at each time slot is 50. Half of each group starts inside to learn about adaptations owls make. The other half of the group begins with a short trail walk to listen to, and call for, owls.

Afterwards, each half switches so the inside group goes outside and the outside group goes inside. Space is limited for the events and tickets must be reserved in advance, according to organizers.

Rock Glen Conservation Area is located on the outskirts of Arkona at 8680 Rock Glen Road. Morrison Dam Conservation Area is located 71108 Morrison Line, just two kilometres east of Exeter, just south of Highway 83.  

To learn more about the Owl Prowls, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at abca.ca and go to the Owl Prowl page.

There are links provided to register for the Rock Glen Owl Prowl or to register for the Morrison Dam Owl Prowl.

When registering for the event, registrants have the option to add a donation to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. The Conservation Foundation provides charitable gift receipts, for income tax purposes, for donations of $20 or more. 

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.

(Paul Armstrong owl photo)

Learn about outdoor family experiences:

Ausable Bayfield Conservation offers a wide variety of programs for all age levels.

Choose from one of our many school conservation programs at this link:

Outdoor Family Experiences

Immerse yourself in nature. Guided by an Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff member, learn about trees, birds, and the many animals that live in and around Morrison Dam Conservation Area. 

Oaks and Acorns (ages 2-5 years old with caregiver)

This outdoor play and inquiry based program takes place in the beautiful woods around Morrison Dam Conservation Area! Learn how to assess risk and help your child explore and deepen their relationship with nature. We meet no matter the weather! Dress for the weather and bring a snack!  

Family Experiences (Maximum 10 people)

Choose from one of the following 'COVID-friendly' ABCA-educator led programs for you and your ‘bubble.’ All programs are 1.5 hours in length. Location and options to book vary for each program.

Option 1: Owl Prowl – Beginning in November, explore Morrison Dam at night with ABCA staff as they lead your group in a hike in search of owls. Learn about what makes these amazing creatures so successful at night. Build a Screech Owl nesting box for an additional fee! Program available at Morrison Dam Conservation Area only; 

Option 2: Pond Study – Explore the river or reservoir and use nets to collect aquatic creatures. Includes wetland awareness and use of ABCA-supplied equipment. Program available at Morrison Dam Conservation Area and Clinton Conservation Area.

Option 3: Fantastic Fossils! – Journey through time and learn about the plants and animals that lived here more than 400 million years ago by journeying into the gorge and searching for signs of ancient life. Program available only at Rock Glen Conservation Area.

Option 4: Nature Awareness Hike – Explore the natural world as a family through seasonally relevant topics and activities to do along the trail (request a specific focus!) Program is available at Bannockburn Conservation Area; Clinton Conservation Area; Rock Glen Conservation Area; and Morrison Dam Conservation Area. 

Option 5: Christmas in the Forest – Learn about our local wildlife and how they survive the winter. Observe and feed birds. Create environmentally-friendly outdoor tree decorations and ‘presents’ for our animal friends! Conclude your program with a fire and winter story.

Programs available Mondays, Fridays or Saturdays staring at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.; evening starts may vary, suggesting times 6:00-7:30 p.m. or 7:30-9 p.m. There are date restrictions.

When booking your program, we will require the following information:

  1. Preferred date and time
  2. Program
  3. Program location
  4. Names of people in your group

Listed below are our most popular programs:                                                     

  • Habitat Improvements: Bluebird or Bat Boxes (An additional material fee applies)
  • Puddles and Pollywogs: Pond or River Ramble
  • Bird Presentations – Winter and Feeding the Birds
  • Eco-Dynamics – Team Building
  • Fantastic Fossils
  • Amazing Animals

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask us to deliver a custom program for your group! 

Scout and Guide Badge Requirements

All of our programs have components that will meet one or more of your badge requirements. Speak to us about how we can adjust the program to meet your specific needs. 

Yellow Fish Road™ 

Looking for something with an environmental action component? Choose Yellow Fish Road™. Your group will learn about local water systems and contribute to community action by painting storm drains and distributing resources to homeowners about their connection to local rivers.

Locations: 

Come to us or we can come to you! Choose from the following locations:

  • Bannockburn Conservation Area (north of Varna; between Bayfield and Brucefield)
  • Clinton Conservation Area (Clinton)
  • Morrison Dam Conservation Area (east of Exeter)
  • Rock Glen Conservation Area (Arkona)
  • Your location
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