Fall 2008: Who’s Watching You? Owls of New England

Fall 2008: Who's Watching You? Owls of New England


All Day

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Presented by Mark and Marsha Wilson
of Eyes on Owls

Photo by Mark Wilson
Mark and Marcia Wilson of Eyes On Owls delivered a slide-lecture program, “Who’s Watching You? Owls of New England” After a colorful slide program of photographs by well-known wildlife photographer Mark Wilson, and an interactive hooting lesson, Marcia introduced 6 live owls that have been found in New England.

Everyone loves owls! Yet, how many of us have ever actually seen an owl in the wild? Perhaps you’ve glimpsed the shadowy form of a Great Horned Owl in the headlights as you traveled a back road at night. Ever scanned a frozen salt marsh or farmer’s field in winter, hoping to find that arctic hunter, the Snowy Owl? How about a mob of noisy crows circling around a white pine tree – do they see an owl?

Photo by Mark Wilson
Mark and Marcia introduced the audience to the owls on New England ‘s owl checklist. Some species, like the Great Gray Owl or the Northern Hawk Owl, are rare visitors. Others, such as the Great Horned Owls and Barred Owls, may be more common that you think. Mark and Marcia shared the field marks and naturalist skills that can be used to find owls without disturbing them, as they introduced several live owls up close. Marcia brought out the live owls one at a time. With each owl perched securely on her glove, she walked around the room. There was plenty of time for close-up views and lots of questions.The audience learned owls’ calls, as well as tips on how to go out owling on their own. Each owl has a permanent disability that keeps it from surviving on its own in the wild. These non-releasable owls serve as captivating ambassadors from the world of wildlife.