Owls are an intriguing group of birds and humans have had an intimate relationship with these birds throughout history. We often associate wisdom and knowledge with owls.
Secretive, nocturnal or crepuscular most people rarely see owls and when they do it is usually only a brief view. But then most people do not go out at night looking for owls!
Join expert birder and naturalist Glenn Olson, as we will look for the Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl and the Eastern Screech Owl. The Screech and Short-eared Owls are quite uncommon but we do sometimes see them. Even the Great Horned and Barn Owl are not easily seen, but this is their breeding season and it is the best time to find these owls.
We will listen for the low, hooting of the Great Horned owls as they call to one another. We will scan the grasslands for the flight of the Barn and Short-eared owls as they hunt for dinner. The night on the prairie can be filled with sounds not often heard in the daytime. Coyote’s howling, frogs calling, or some lone bird call ringing in the stillness. We will listen and look for all of this and more. The stars stretching across the sky can be beautiful on a clear night.
Your guide will have a flashlight and scope for viewing an owl if perched. Bring a small flashlight, dress for the weather, boots are recommended. It is usually cooler on the Prairie than in the city.
Audience: Adult Learners