WILDWOOD, Mo. — Hoots, howls, laughs, screams, and eerie whinnies . . . these are some of the mysterious sounds that owls can make. Exactly who is creating all this racket, and why?
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will help you discover the answers at an Owl Prowl event held at Rockwoods Reservation in Wildwood Friday, Jan. 3 from 6:30-8 p.m. This free program is open to all ages.
The still, winter nights of January are perfect for prowling for these amazing raptors. This program will begin indoors for an educational presentation where visitors will learn why owls are such effective nighttime hunters. They’ll also find what they’re making so much noise about this time of year. Participants will then journey outside for some possible close encounters as MDC naturalists attempt to entice owls to fly in and talk. Visitors may encounter, barred, great horned, or perhaps even screech owls.
Participants should dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and be prepared to spend time outside during the second half of the program.
While the Rockwoods Reservation Owl Prowl is a free program, advanced online registration is required at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZPH.
Rockwoods Reservation is located at 2751 Glencoe Road, off Highway 109 between I-44 and Highway 100.
MDC offers many free educational events and programs in the St. Louis region to help people discover nature, fishing, hunting, and the outdoors. Stay informed by going to the MDC St. Louis reginal events page at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZP6.