Owls capture the imagination. This
Saturday, you’ll have a chance to see owls up close at the annual Owl Festival
a family-friendly event that takes place at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Nature Center. Linda Conrad, VINS lead experience navigator, says in an
email, “The event is appropriate for all ages. Owls are very popular with
children and adults alike!”
The day starts with Owl Chats,
where you can meet with VINS educators throughout the raptor enclosures and
learn about an owl’s amazing abilities. In the Pavilion Exhibit Hall, you will
see a Eurasian Eagle Owl and a Barn Owl from New England Falconry. At Hawkfly,
you can see a live owl and hawk and learn about their differences, plus get to
know other raptors such as a falcon and a turkey vulture.
Throughout the day, kids will also
enjoy having their faces painted with their favorite owl and making owl-themed
arts and crafts. Then your whole family can participate in a hooting lesson provided
by Mark and Marcia Wilson of Eyes on Owls while getting the scoop about native
and international owl species.
Be sure to check the weather and
dress accordingly, as many of the activities take place outside. In the afternoon,
spend some time around the campfire listening to owl legends and stories from
around the world. If hunger strikes while you’re at the event, there will be
food trucks ready to accommodate most appetites.
Linda Conrad adds, “We have done
this for several years now. Last year was our largest event, with over
1,400 people attending.”
For a schedule of the day’s
activities, visit www.vinsweb.org and click on Owl Festival.