by Christa Weidner
Naturalist, Jefferson Memorial Forest
An exciting program is coming to the Jefferson Memorial Forest taking place February 5 at the Horine Conference Center. This program is part of our Winter Nights Series – Owls in the Forest. A variety of owls, native to Kentucky, will be on hand as ambassadors of their species. Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky is bringing these amazing owls to share exciting facts. You will get the chance to see these birds up close and hear them. Of course, some owls are more vocal than others. Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky has been rescuing raptors or birds of prey, since the 1980’s.
They rehabilitate injured raptors, raise orphaned raptors, and increase public awareness about the importance of raptors. Their presentations are always exciting. You never know what these birds will do. The presentation will cover different owl species native to the Forest and Jefferson County, what to do if you find an injured raptor or “abandoned” young, and more. If you enjoy what they do you can learn more about volunteer opportunities with Raptor Rehab. Here is their website to learn more about this non-profit organization, http://www.raptorrehab.org. After the presentation we will go on a short hike to listen for the fascinating owl calls in the Forest.
You may hear screech owls as they begin calling or the hoot of the barred owl, which can be heard year round. Please dress for the weather and remember to wear shoes that you can hike in. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Last year we reached our limit. The program starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. There is a charge of $6 per person. You can register by calling the Welcome Center at 368-5404 x0.