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Owl Prowl at DuPont Open Space

February 20, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

10627486_10152808640424042_1933832892_oJoin Douglas Land Conservancy for a unique, moon light hike in search of owl activity at beautiful DuPont Open Space in Louviers. We will meet inside the Louviers Village Clubhouse, 7865 Louviers Boulevard, Louviers, CO 80125 at 5:30 pm.

Our evening will begin with a special presentation by HawkQuest. Three live owls, a Great Horned, a Long-Eared, and a Barn Owl will be present to view up close. The experts from HawkQuest will teach us about their special features used for hunting and the necessary role of the owl as predator in our local ecosystem.

After the presentation we will head out on the trail along Plum Creek on our own birding adventure. With the help of guides, you will learn how to identify signs of owl activity and gain some basic knowledge about our nocturnal neighbors. Known regional owls that we hope to encounter are the Great Horned Owl, the Eastern Screech-Owl, the Long-Eared Owl, and the Northern Saw-Whet Owl.

Dress for the weather, bring plenty of water, and your sense of adventure. Hiking boots are recommended, snowshoes are optional. Please register only if you are able to hike through the woods in semi-darkness. This is a family friendly event on a moderately easy trail. Dogs are not allowed on this hike.

Following the hike we will reconvene in the clubhouse for complimentary hot chocolate.

Space is limited. The hike is free, but a $10 per person donation to DLC is suggested.

Sorry!  This hike is full!

DuPont Open Space was donated to Douglas County by the DuPont Company, and is protected with a conservation easement held by Douglas Land Conservancy.

Your guides for the Owl Prowl:

Tom Halverstadt is the expert when it comes to birding the Louviers/DuPont area. He has lived with his family in Louviers for many years and knows where the various species are most likely found. He is a Douglas County Open Space Volunteer, keeping an eye on the DuPont Open Space properties as he leads the Christmas Bird Count there and often takes other birders or rookies in search of elusive species throughout the year. Tom posts his findings on the CO-Birds mailing list and has birded throughout Colorado, the United States and in far corners of the world. He is the owner of Country Lane Nursery, which specializes in native plants, located north of Franktown.

Jackie Sanderson is the Natural Resource Specialist for Douglas County Division of Open Space and Natural Resources and lives just outside of Sedalia along Plum Creek. She has contributed to the Colorado Bird Atlas while living in Steamboat Springs and working for the Routt National Forest. While serving as the Naturalist at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, she became more acquainted with Front Range birds while leading hikes and accompanying the Tuesday Birders. DuPont is her favorite Douglas County Open Space property for birding.

Details

Date:
February 20, 2016
Time:
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm