Whoo?! Whoo will you spot?


WAYNESBORO – A winter owl walk along trails in Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. Part of The Institute’s Naturalist Discovery Series, this excursion is led by Institute educator and naturalist, Dave Graff.

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

Patience is required when trying to find owls. Participants must stand quietly for short periods of time to watch for owl flight and listen for owl calls. 

“Owls may or may not be present,” Graff said, “so the group will also investigate how the park changes after dark. U/V lights will be used to look at trees, leaves, and insects to see how their appearances change under different light.” 

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

The activity is free. The event is for ages 15 and up, and limited to 16 participants. Registration is required. Register online at www.natureandcultureinstitute.org

For more information, email to [email protected] or call 717-762-0373.

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