Prowling for Owls at Mountsberg

Chomper the Great Horned Owl photographed by Mike Davis
Chomper the Great Horned Owl photographed by Mike Davis

 

    Mountsberg Conservation Area’s popular winter Owl Prowl program is returning this winter. Participants will be provided with lots of information on our native Ontario owls during a winter night hike to search for wild local owls.

     There are four Owl Prowl nights scheduled: January 14 and 28 are advanced Prowls for Adults, while January 15 and 29 are all-ages Family Nights. Both evenings feature visits with the Mountsberg Raptor Centre’s resident birds of prey to give guests a memorable ‘nose to beak’ experience. The Family Nights also include a puppet show and a special story time, while the advanced Prowl gives nature-minded adults a chance to learn the fine details of owl behaviour, anatomy, and natural history.

     Admission for the Owl Prowl programs is by advance registration only, online.  Call Mountsberg at 905 854 2276 for more information. The Adult Owl Prowl fees are $15 for Adults and $10 for Seniors ages 65 and older.

       The all-ages Family Night Owl Prowl fees are Adults $15 and Children ages 5 to 14 years, $10, while those four years and under are free. The fees do not include HST.

     The Mountsberg Raptor Centre is currently home to 14 different species of native birds of prey. Many of the resident birds of prey have permanent injuries that have left them incapable of surviving on their own in the wild. In many cases, these injuries were caused by human activity. With the help of these feathered ambassadors, the Mountsberg Raptor Centre teaches the community about the native birds of prey that share our environment and how to reduce the negative impact we can have on them.

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