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February 25, 2014 > All about owls

All about owls

Submitted By Rena Kiehn

Whoooooo goes there? You shouldÉ and bring your family! Park rangers invite the community to an early evening event all about owls and their nocturnal friends at Central Park near Lake Elizabeth. This Friday, February 28, you will be able to participate in many activities for kids and adults Ð anyone who wants to know more about our feathery and furry night time park dwellers.

Did you know that a single Barn Owl can consume 53 pounds of gophers in a year or 3,000 rodents per family in a four month breeding cycle? Nestbox Coordinators for the California Bluebird Recovery Program will also be on hand to show what a Barn Owl Box is and describe how helping the owls can help you. Barn Owls and Western Screech Owls are just two of the many cavity nesting birds assisted by the California Bluebird Recovery Program. Erecting Barn Owl nest boxes can be an effective pesticide-free tool to help control a rodent population. Choosing the right location to install a nest box for these or any other cavity nesting birds such as the Western Bluebird or Tree Swallow can be challenging.

There will be a ranger-led hike from twilight to dusk around part of Lake Elizabeth and hands-on nature and art activities for the kids including owl pellet dissection and owl headbands. Come meet our human and raptor special guests: Naturalists from Sulphur Creek Nature Center, specialists from the Ohlone Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Central Park Rangers, and live and in person: a Screech Owl, a Great-Horned Owl and a Barn Owl. To finish out the evening, have a sÕmore and sing a song or two around the campfire.

What a great night Ð it should be a hoot!

This event is sponsored by the City of Fremont Community Services Department (Recreation Services & Environmental Services Divisions). The program is free; snacks and photo cards of Central Park scenery will be available for sale. The Nature Learning Center is located in the back of the Waterpark parking lot, the first building to the left. If you have any questions, please call (510) 790-5541 or e-mail centralpark@fremont.gov.

Whooooo goes there?
Friday, Feb 28
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Nature Learning Center
Central Park
40224 Paseo Padre Pkwy.,Fremont
(510) 790-5541
www.fremont.gov/centralpark
Free

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