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Owls make appearance at event

Thanks for having attended the Owl Prowl.

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

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