Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Owl Prowl

Enjoy Owl Prowl.
Enjoy Owl Prowl.

Join us for the Owl Prowl!

Join us for the 2018 Owl Prowl at Morrison Dam Conservation Area.an evening of nature and fun.

Download the flyer (poster) for the Owl Prowl now at this link:

This event is sponsored by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.

Where?

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).

How much?

Admission by donation with proceeds supporting Jones Bridge.

When?

Join staff from Ausable Bayfield Conservation and from the Raptor Centre with Conservation Halton on Saturday, November 3, 2018

Sessions start at 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

Sessions include a brief presentation followed by a walk into the woods to look for owls.

Guests will have 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!).

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.’  This year the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation is sponsoring the 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 3, 2018

Hundreds of people to call for owls, learn about nighttime creatures; Conservation Halton to bring live owls; Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation is sponsor 

Owls are amazing nocturnal animals. The Owl Prowl is a local chance to learn about these special nighttime creatures and even meet them. Ausable Bayfield Conservation hosts the annual Owl Prowl event at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, east of Exeter, on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Those who attend can meet live owls from Conservation Halton’s Mountsberg Raptor Centre.

There are two sessions. The first session is recommended for families and starts at 6 p.m. The second session starts at 7:30 p.m. Each 90-minute session begins with a short talk from Ausable Bayfield Conservation educators on owls. After the talk, attendees are sorted into two groups. One group stays in the workshop to meet live owls and ask questions about them, or dissect a pellet, or have their picture taken with Otis the Owl (human-sized costumed owl). The second group ventures on a night hike, with trained Ausable Bayfield Conservation educators to call in and look for owls that live in the conservation area near Exeter. During this hike, past participants have seen and heard Eastern Screech Owls but it’s not guaranteed to see or hear them any given year.

The annual Owl Prowl takes place two kilometres east of Exeter, just south of Highway 83, at 71108 Morrison Line. The event happens at the conservation area’s workshop behind the main public office of the administration centre building. This event lets people get outside in the evening, go for a walk with friends and family, and put senses to the test by listening and looking for owls. 

Admission is by donation. 

Net proceeds from the event will go to Jones Bridge – a project to make the community safer and more active by building a new pedestrian bridge on the South Huron Trail so people don’t have to walk by the roadway beside vehicle traffic to enjoy both trail sections.

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.

Hundreds 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 learn more, contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email info@abca.ca

“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, she said. A flyer about the event is posted online at abca.ca at this link: 

Owls make appearance at Owl Prowl event at Morrison Dam

About 200 people called for owls, learned about these nighttime creatures; Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation sponsored; Conservation Halton brought live owls 

About 200 people attended the popular annual Owl Prowl on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter. Those who took part met live owls brought in from Conservation Halton’s Mountsberg Raptor Centre. Most of the people on the night hike also saw or heard local owls, such as Eastern Screech Owls, in their natural habitat, in the woods at the conservation area. People came from as far away as Dundas and Port Elgin for the event.

There were two 90-minute sessions held with a talk about owls and a night hike ‘hoot.’ Ausable Bayfield Conservation educators provided short talks about these amazing nighttime animals. Many of those who took part dissected pellets and had their picture taken with Otis the Owl (a human-sized costumed owl). Many took part in night hikes, with the educators, to call in and look for owls that live in Morrison Dam Conservation Area.

“This event is so much fun – it is a great chance for young people and the young at heart to learn about owls,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation Educator. “Many people have never had this kind of opportunity which gets the family outside and active in the early evening.”

People in attendance learned that the loss of habitat is resulting in the decline in owl populations but they also heard what they can do to help owls by building nesting boxes and planting trees. 

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

Hundreds 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 learn more, contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email info@abca.on.ca.

 


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