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Lloyd Center hosting Mid-Winter Owl Prowl

Are you fascinated by owls? Do you enjoy a good old-fashioned New England winter morning, especially before sunrise? If so, you can join Lloyd Center Research Associate Jamie Bogart on a Mid-Winter Owl Prowl on Feb. 3, scheduled during hours of peak owl activity.

“Owls are mysterious and fascinating creatures that become more vocal as they establish nesting territories across an otherwise quiet winter landscape,” a release from the Lloyd Center stated.

Screech, great horned, and barred owls are all resident species possibly encountered in the woods of Dartmouth.

This story first appeared in the New Bedford Standard-Times on January, 30th 2019 – HERE

Using the Lloyd Center property and other local stops, participants will venture onto woodland trails in an attempt to attract, hear and see owls. At sunrise, you’ll enjoy an invigorating walk along a pristine coastal beach in search of other winter birds such as waterfowl, raptors, and with luck, a wandering snowy owl.

Back at the Lloyd Center, warm up with some coffee, and enjoy an encounter with Koko, the Lloyd Center’s resident screech owl. Since seeing a wild owl is never a guarantee, this is an added bonus, the release states.

Participants should bring (if available) binoculars, camera, and flashlight, and wear footwear for light walking on forest trails, and possibly snow. (Note: stormy weather or excessively windy conditions will cause postponement).

Lead by Jamie Bogart, the Mid-Winter Owl Prowl will take place from 3:30 to 8 a.m. Participants will meet in the lower parking lot of the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Hardscrabble Nature Preserve located at 430 Potomska Road in Dartmouth. This event is $15 for Lloyd Center members, and $19 for non-members.

Pre-registration for the Mid-Winter Owl Prowl is required by Friday, Feb, 1 at 3 p.m. Space is limited to 20 participants. This event is suitable for ages 15 and older. If you have any questions about the event please contact Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23 or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

This story first appeared in the New Bedford Standard-Times on January, 30th 2019 – HERE