McHenry County Conservation District offers programming on owls

Published: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 6:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 9:57 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Owls are the focus of several upcoming McHenry County Conservation District programs.

• An Afternoon with the Short-Eared Owls: 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 4, at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. The short-eared owl is an Illinois endangered species, but during a dusk hike, program attendees will go looking for them. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars. The program is for adults and children ages 8 and up. It is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

• Owl Prowl: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10, at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Participants will meet live owls, share stories and folklore, view a video, examine owl diets by dissecting an owl pellet and go for a short hike in search of owls. (Note: There is a separate but simultaneous program for adults.) Participants should dress for the weather. The program is for children ages 6 to 13. It is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Jan. 5.

• Owls of McHenry County: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10, at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Winter is when owls are busy staking claim to territories and seeking a mate. Program participants will meet live owls, share stories and folklore and go for a short hike in search of owls. (Note: There is a separate but simultaneous program for children ages 6 to 13.) Participants should dress for the weather. The program is those ages 14 and up. It is free for county residents and costs $6 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Jan. 5.

Registration is accepted online at www.MCCDistrict.org, by phone (free programs only) at 815-479-5779, by mail and walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, or walk-in only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.

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