Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge offering guided short-eared owl tour on November 30

Steve_Kahl at Steve_Kahl at
Wed Nov 19 17:01:58 EST 2008

If you missed the last short-eared Owl tour, Shiawassee National Wildlife
Refuge is hosting another one on Sunday, November 30, 2008.  Earlier this
month tour participants saw three short-eared owls that landed quite close
to the vehicles while other owls flew around the group.  Participants are
to meet at the refuge headquarters, 6975 Mower Road (corner of Curtis and
Mower Roads, south of Saginaw, off of highway M-13) at 4:15 p.m., to form a
caravan.  Refuge volunteers and Saginaw Valley Audubon Society members
Larry Abraham and Carolyn Szaroletta will lead the tour.

The short-eared owl is a state-listed endangered species and is most
readily seen around sunset when it begins to hunt for its prey.  The refuge
has become a favorite wintering area for this owl.  Bring your binoculars
and spotting scope.  No walking is involved for this tour since
participants will be carpooling.  The tour should end about 6:30 p.m.  If
you are interested in attending, please register with Carolyn by calling
(989) 295-2165 by November 29.  In the event of rain or severe weather, the
tour will be cancelled.

Steven Kahl
Refuge Manager
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
6975 Mower Road
Saginaw, MI  48601-9783
P (989) 777-5930 ext 16
F (989) 777-9200

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