Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Owl Prowl 2017

Families to learn about amazing local nocturnal animals at annual Owl Prowl east of Exeter Saturday, October 28

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

It’s a hoot – literally. Organizers of the Owl Prowl say the event is your chance to get outside at night and go for a walk with friends, family and put your senses to the test by listening and looking for owls. The yearly Morrison Dam Owl Prowl takes place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 east of Exeter. Those who take part can meet live owls brought in from Mountsberg Raptor Centre.

This evening event will have two 90-minute sessions. Each 90-minute session begins with a short talk from Ausable Bayfield Conservation educators on owls. After this talk the group is divided into two groups. “Don’t worry,” said conservation educator Denise Iszczuk, “Both groups will get a chance to enjoy all the fun.” One group will stay in the workshop to see and ask questions about the live owls with the Mountsberg Raptor Centre or dissect a pellet or have their picture taken with Otis the Owl (human-sized costumed owl). The second group will venture on the night hike, with trained Ausable Bayfield Conservation educators to call in and look for owls that live in Morrison Dam Conservation Area. During this hike in the past, participants have seen and heard Eastern Screech Owls but it’s not guaranteed to see them each year.

The annual Owl Prowl happens two kilometres east of Exeter, just south of Highway 83, at 71108 Morrison Line. The event takes place at the conservation area’s workshop behind the main administrative building. The first session is recommended for families and starts at 6 p.m. The second session starts at 7:30 p.m. Space for seating is limited and organizers ask those attending to please dress for the weather and to leave pets at home. Also, the event hosts ask you to please ‘Lug-a-Mug’ to enjoy a warm hot chocolate. There is no fee to attend the Owl Prowl but all donations received go towards conservation education programs.

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

“This is a great chance for young people and the young at heart to learn about owls,” said Iszczuk. “Many people have never had this kind of opportunity which gets the family outside and active at night.”

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

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