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By Judy Drew / Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 03:59 pm
Have a Hoot at The Ridges Owl-O-Rama
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BAILEYS HARBOR, WI (February 22, 2016) – There’s something for everyone during The Ridges’ Owl-O-Rama, March 4 & 5, an entire weekend of activities dedicated to these remarkable raptors. Highlights include crafts, owl prowls, nest box building, and live owls!  

As a backdrop to the weekend festivities, hands-on crafts, interactive displays and fun family activities will be going on both Friday and Saturday, March 4 & 5. Have you ever held an owl skull or wondered what makes owls such stealthy hunters? Drop by the Center between 10am and 4pm to learn all about these feathered wonders. 

Cavity nesting owls can be attracted to your property with nest boxes. After perusing the displays at the Center on March 5, drop in at The Ridges workshop between 10am and 2pm to learn about Nest Box Building. The workshop facility is located at 8288 County Q, a short drive or hike from the Center. Workshop fees are $25 for Ridges members and $30 for the general public and include the materials for one nest box.

Winter often brings large numbers of snowy owls to Wisconsin and spotting one of these magnificent birds is a real thrill. During a free presentation at 11am on March 5, Mark Martin & Sue Foote-Martin, Managers at Madison Audubon Society’s Goose Pond Sanctuary will report on what they’ve learned about snowy owl migration after tracking a male snowy owl fitted with a transmitter for the past year.

Don’t miss an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Door County’s resident raptors at an Owl Meet & Greet on March 5 at 1pm. Representatives from Open Door Bird Sanctuary will be on hand to answer questions and talk about what separates raptors from other birds and owls from other raptors. Admission is free.

Armed with all the information you’ve gathered during the day, you’ll be ready to take to the trails to hear owls in the wild. Naturalist-guided Owl Prowls will be held at 6:30 PM on March 4 & 5. Winter is mating season for owls and it’s not unusual to hear their romantic hooting in the woods. After hiking, return to the Center for a mug of hot chocolate. Adult fees are $10 for Ridges members and $13 for the general public and $5 for children and students under 18.

With the exception of the Nest Building Workshop, all activities and events take place at The Ridges Cook-Fuller Center, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. For more information about the Owl-O-Rama and other programs, visit RidgesSanctuary.org or call 920.839.2802.

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