It’s a Hoot!
Westborough – Everyone loves owls! Meet these fascinating birds up close at “Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World” presented by naturalist Marcia Wilson of Eyes On Owls Saturday, March 23. Sponsored by the Westborough Community Land Trust, the live owl program begins at 10 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St., Westborough. This family event is free, but donations are welcome. This year’s owl program is supported in part by a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
This fun, interactive program features six lively owls from New England and beyond plus a hooting lesson. A slide show begins the event by highlighting photojournalist Mark Wilson’s colorful wildlife photos.
Do you know which owl eats skunks? Can a little detective work reveal where owls live near you? What do pellets tell us about an owl’s diet, the food chain, and the web-of-life? How can we protect owls and their habitats? Marcia Wilson explores these questions as well as field marks, habitats, signs, and naturalists’ skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them.
The owls introduced may include New England’s tiniest owl, the four-ounce northern saw-whet owl or the world’s largest owl, the Eurasian eagle owl, with a five-foot wingspan. Other owls that may make an appearance are the eastern screech owl, barred owl, barn owl, great-horned owl, snowy owl and spectacled owl.
Each owl presented has a permanent disability that prevents it from surviving on its own in the wild. These non-releasable owls serve as captivating ambassadors from the world of wildlife. All the owls are legally permitted by state and federal agencies for use in environmental educational programs.
Naturalists Mark and Marcia Wilson founded Eyes On Owls in 1994 as an educational enterprise with owls to introduce children to the wonders of wildlife and to build appreciation of the natural world.
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