It’s Gonna Be a Hoot! Listen to Owls on March 21

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Division of Wildlife Resources Press Release 

Standing silently in the woods at night can be scary. But it can also be fun and exciting, especially when you’re broadcasting owl vocalizations, hoping for a response from one of several owl species that might be in the woods around you.

For the first time in Carbon and Emery counties, the Division of Wildlife Resources will sponsor a special “Listen to the Owls Night.” The free event will be held March 21.

Brent Stettler, regional outreach manager for the DWR, said a group numbering 25 people will follow DWR Sensitive Species Biologist Tony Wright as he conducts an owl survey in four different habitats including wetland, farmland, woodland and forest.

“You’ll accompany Tony to each location where he will play recordings of the owls that may be present in the area,” Stettler explained. “At a similar event last year, three species called back. They included the western screech owl, long-eared owl and great horned owl.”

Stettler said the group must be kept to 25 people because a larger group could frighten an owl and reduce the likelihood of it responding.

If you’d like to participate, call Stettler at (435) 613-3707. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

“This event is not suitable for pets or for children who under 12 years of age,” he stated. “You’ll receive the meeting place and time when you register.”

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