Owl Prowl(s)…yes, two Owl Prowls!

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is hosting Owl Prowls at several state parks and there will be two in our area! If you did not attend the Lenawee Birders Owl Prowl in Tecumseh last year, now is a great chance to go twice. We will take a 30-45 minute walk near the woods to look and call for local owls. After the walk, we will meet around the bonfire for s’mores and storytelling. Here is the link through the MDNR for more Owl Prowl information:

The Owl Prowls are back to back with the first being Friday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Lake Hudson State Recreation Area in Clayton, MI. Anyone interested in attending this owl prowl, please meet at the campground area.
Here is the link and map for Lake Hudson SRA: http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=464&type=SPRK

The second Owl Prowl is Saturday, December 8th at 5:00 p.m. at Hayes State Park in Onsted, Michigan. Meet at the campfire ring in the Activities Area of the campground.
Here is the link and map for Hayes State Park: http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=454&type=SPRK

Can you guess woooo I am? “Who Cooks For You, Who Cooks For You AAALLLL” I will give you a hint, it is not the owl in the picture. If you know and you are considered a young birder (under 15) there will be a special prize for the first one to email me at buckandbirdie@gmail.com with the correct answer. You will have to visit us at one of the Owl Prowls to claim your prize.

This photo was taken by Gregg Perez at the 2012 Cranefest in Marshall, Michigan.

Owl Prowl @ Hayes State Park

Tonight, seventy-eight people took a slow stroll through Michigan woodlands at Hayes State Park to look for owls.  Chelsea, the naturalist at Hayes State Park, led the walk and played Screech and Barred Owl calls through her iPod to draw them in.  Although no owls cooperated tonight I don’t think anyone left disappointed.  It was a calm night.  The temps were in the 40’s.  And, midway through the walk the moonlight broke through the clouds.  We all huddled around a bonfire before and after the walk.  It was truly a beautiful night to take a stroll though the woods.  Before I left Chelsea thanked everyone for coming.  I was happy to hear her say in her closing statement that the woods are not a scary place.  We should all take time to stroll through them to hear the sounds of nature.  Soon after I overheard many people tell their own personal stories of owls in their own back yard.  I was pleased to see such a big crowd show up for a birding event in Lenawee County and I’m looking forward to more nature based activities at Hayes State Park.  Kudos to Tracy Ball who organized the event.  For more information about events at Hayes State Park visit their website.