Winter owl walk planned

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Naturalist Lori Schlosser will lead The Institute’s winter owl walk at Pine Hill Recreation Area on Feb. 3. PROVIDED PHOTO

WAYNESBORO – A winter owl walk along trails in Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro is scheduled for Thursday, February 3, at 6 p.m.

Sponsored by The Institute, this winter excursion is led by naturalist, Lori Schlosser.

Schlosser will first present a brief introduction to owls. She will then lead the group along trails in the park. During several stops, the group will pause and call various owls, including the great horned owl, the barred owl and the screech owl.

Patience is required when trying to call owls. “If the calls are too loud, you can scare them off,” Schlosser said. Participants must stand quietly for short periods of time to watch for owl flight and listen for owl reply calls. The event is for ages 15 and up, and limited to 60.

The activity is free (donations accepted), but registration is required. To register, email to dave@natureandcultureinstitute.org, or call 717-762-0373.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather. Boots are suggested as some of the trails could be wet and muddy. Flashlights are permitted; however, participants will be asked to turn them off during the walk to allow their eyes to adjust to the darkness.

This program is underwritten in part by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company, and an anonymous donor, in honor of the life and work of Eunice Statler, with additional support from The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support is provided courtesy of Washington Township.