WESPEN Online Order Form print this page
US Fish & Wildlife Service FieldNotes
SACRAMENTO NWR: Refuge's First Owl Prowl A Sac-tacular Success!
Region 8, January 23, 2010
A volunteer models some owl adaptations for the crowd. (photo: Courtney Ashe) 
A volunteer models some owl adaptations for the crowd. (photo: Courtney Ashe)  - Photo Credit: n/a
Two youngsters examine and sort bones from an owl pellet. (photo: Courtney Ashe)
Two youngsters examine and sort bones from an owl pellet. (photo: Courtney Ashe) - Photo Credit: n/a

by Lora Haller, Sacramento NWR
On Saturday, January 23rd, the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge hosted its first ever Owl Prowl.  Newly appointed Park Ranger, Lora Haller, shared expertise of owls obtained during her previous job at Acadia National Park in Maine.  Nineteen visitors ranging from ages 4 to senior attended the Prowl.
 

The Prowl began with an interactive lecture about local owls and their habitats.  Participants also got to learn about the biological adaptations that are unique to owls.  To demonstrate these special abilities, Haller asked for volunteers from the audience to “model” parts of an owl costume.  The audience particularly enjoyed testing their own hearing capabilities to that of an owl. “I’m so glad God made owls,” said the youngest of the workshop attendees.  This comment came as response to his excitement to learn that owls eat a large number of rodents.

 

Owl pellets were distributed to small groups for dissecting.  One gentleman was excited to find an entire bird skeleton within his pellet.  All groups were able to uncover quite a few bones and skulls from their pellets.

 

After the lecture portion, the prowlers headed out onto the Wetlands Walk.  Haller made an excellent Great-Horned Owl call.  The group heard a response and was able to scope the owl in a nearby tree.  Several participants were enjoying the activity so much, that they decided to stay an additional half-hour to continue prowling with Haller. 

Contact Info: Lora Haller, 530-934-2801, lora_haller@fws.gov