Bird expert presents owls of Prince Edward Island

Darlene Shea dshea@journalpioneer.com
Published on January 28, 2014

Snowy owl sitting on the seaweed and rocks in Northport.

Submitted by Nancy Adams from Northport

CHARLOTTETOWN – Bird expert Dwaine Oakley knows owls and will string together more than a few owl facts when he presents “The Owls of Prince Edward Island” at the upcoming February meeting of Nature P.E.I.It takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Beaconsfield, the Carriage House, in Charlottetown.

Daytime flyers and night-time hooters are two broad categories of owls in Prince Edward Island, and of the near dozen species that have been recorded here, most are indeed nocturnal. A mere 60 years ago these birds of prey were submitted for bounty in P.E.I.  

In his presentation, Oakley will elaborate on which species are present including the rare visitors, the different owl vocalizations (there is a certain ambiance in a darkened room when owls call), and an array of owl adaptations. The topic of prey and prey cycles is bound to arise.

He will also recount a few cheery stories of people encountering owls. Those in attendance should be prepared to share their story of unusual chance meetings with owls at the conclusion of the evening.

Admission to the presentation is free and all are welcome.

For more information contact Oakley at 566-9671 at work or 393-6223 (cell).