OWL PROWLS AT MACPHAIL WOODS
Come celebrate the wonderful world of owls this weekend at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19. The Sir Andrew Macphail Foundation will be opening up the Great Room of the Homestead at 6:30pm each evening and serve light refreshments. Visitors can warm themselves by the fireplace and enjoy the historic beauty that surrounds them. There will be no cost but donations to the Foundation will be gratefully accepted.
At 7:30pm on both evenings, the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project will hold Owl Prowls starting at the Nature Centre. There will be a third Owl Prowl held on April 26. Visitors are asked to only attend one of these events.
These events are excellent opportunities to learn more about a fascinating family of rarely-seen birds. From the tiny “saw whet” to the large “great horned”, owls have long been birds of mythology and misinformation. The workshop will separate fact from fiction, combining a slide show with an outdoor walk.
The talks starts with slides and taped calls of common and uncommon owls that can be seen on Prince Edward Island. There are also mounted displays of most of these birds as well as other educational material on owls and their habits.
Participants can then take a walk around the woods and try calling in owls. Make sure to bring clothes suitable to weather conditions. There is no admission for the workshops and everyone is welcome. This is a very popular event and visitors are advised to come early as seating in the Nature Centre is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis.
The owl prowls kick off an extensive series of outdoor activities at Macphail Woods, a project of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island. For more information on this or upcoming tours and workshops, please contact Gary Schneider at 651-2575, visit the website (www.macphailwoods.org) or find us on Facebook.