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Owl Hikes Can be a Hoot, Sign up Today!



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Owl hikes are a great way to stay active this winter while learning about one of the region’s most intriguing and elusive bird species.

Typically, owl programs fill up fast, but there are still some openings for upcoming owl hikes being offered through early February.

Bob Bryerton, a Forest Preserve program coordinator, said people flock to the owl hikes because the birds are so unusual and often hard to spot.

“Since they only come out at night, we don’t often see them,” he said. “When we do, it seems very special, and it is exciting. They are, after all, relatively large birds that have appealing colors to go along with that forward-facing gaze. The feeling of specialness at getting to see an owl is one of the things that makes them so cool.”

Here are upcoming owl offerings that still have some openings:

Hoot Hoot Hooray – Family Owl Hike: 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, January 14, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon. Meet inside the visitor center for a brief introduction and then head outside to explore McKinley Woods to quietly listen for magical and elusive owls. Free, all ages. Register online by January 13 or call 815.722.9470.

Seasons at Thorn Creek Woods – Owls: 10:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, February 5, Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve, Park Forest. Join a naturalist for some hoots and howls while learning about Thorn Creek’s elusive, predatory birds — owls. Learn about different owl species and what makes owls superb hunters. Free, all ages. Registration is required by Tuesday, February 1; call 708.747.6320.

February in the Woods, Off-Trail Adventure – Owls: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 12, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center. Explore the woods off trail with a naturalist as we look for signs of owls. Free, all ages. Register online by February 11 or call 815.722.9470.

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