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Houston's Festival of Owls

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
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Fly on over to Houston, MN, to have a hooting good time at the International Festival of Owls March 5-7. There's no need to register to experience a Barn Owl flying over your head, make owl crafts, hoot it up at the kids' owl hooting contest, or to let experts call in wild owls for you. But, if you'd like to do more, you may want to register for some special programs with limited space available.

Those of you who have attended past festivals already know what a treat it is to experience a presentation by Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group in Antigo, WI. This year she'll give the keynote presentation at the Saturday evening banquet entitled "Owls: Personal Stories of Wonder and Inspiration." Banquet attendees will also get to join in a live auction that benefits the Houston Nature Center, witness the presentation of the 2010 World Owl Hall of Fame Awards (all winners will be present), and learn first-hand about efforts to save the Barn Owl in Britain from Colin Shawyer, a British owl conservationist.

Picking apart owl pellets and building owl nest boxes are great family activities. These programs usually sell out in advance of the festival, so register soon if you'd like to get in on the fun.

Cub Scouts can eat owl-shaped pizza and earn their wildlife conservation belt loop while learning about owls. This program includes food and an admission button for all participants, so adults are required to register also. (Belt loops not provided...only the activities to earn them.)

Get the inside scoop on the birds and natural history of the area on the Sunday morning birding bus trip. Bring your stomach as well as your binoculars because this trip ends with a scrumptious meal at the local German restaurant.

There is even an owl shoot. A photo shoot, that is. The owls are set up on natural perches outdoors so you can get amazing looking close ups of owls that will look for all the world like wild owls.

For more information, a full schedule of events and to register, go to www.festivalofowls.com or contact the Houston Nature Center at 507-896-4668 or nature@acegroup.cc.

For more information and high resolution images that may be printed with this article, go to the International Festival of Owls Press Room at http://www.festivalofowls.com/pressroom.htm.

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