Owl Prowls set to begin this Friday at P.E.I.’s Macphail Homestead

Published on April 18, 2017

The black border around the face and fine white spotting on the forehead distinguish the boreal owl from the similar northern saw-whet owl.

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ORWELL, P.E.I. – Macphail Homestead is back on the Owl Prowl this Friday and Saturday.

Three events, where visitors can learn more about the world of owls, are scheduled for April 21, 22 and 29 at the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell.

The homestead’s Great Room will open at 6:30 p.m. each night to serve light refreshments, while visitors can warm themselves by the fireplace and enjoy the historic beauty that surrounds them.  There is no charge, but donations to the Sir Andrew Macphail Foundation will be accepted.

The Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project Owl Prowls will be held at the Nature Centre starting at 7:30 p.m.

Visitors are asked to only attend one of the three events.

The prowls are an excellent opportunity 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 slideshow with an outdoor walk.

The talk 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 guided walk around the woods and try calling in owls.

Make sure to bring clothes suitable to weather conditions.

For more information on this or upcoming tours and workshops, contact Gary Schneider at 651-2575, visit the website, www.macphailwoods.org, or the Macphail Woods Forestry Project on Facebook.