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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 14:49

Join birding enthusiast Rob Stavinga for an Owl Prowl evening at Ken Reid Conservation Area

KenReidOwlMARCH 19, 2019 – Join Kawartha Conservation Watershed Resources Technician, and resident birding enthusiast, Rob Stavinga for an educational and insightful Owl Prowl at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Wednesday, April 3.

“Ken Reid is a great place to come and explore birding and we are often frequented by a variety of owls including Barred Owls, Eastern Screech Owls, Great Horned Owls and more,” said Mr. Stavinga. “This fun, family event will be an opportunity to explore Ken Reid after dark while we try and locate some of the owls that make their home in the canopy.”

Cost for the evening event is $10 per person or $15 for an entire family.

The evening will begin with a 30 minute presentation in the Kawartha Conservation boardroom on what the different types of owls look and sound like, their habitat and diet.

“We will familiarize participants with the types of owls they may encounter at Ken Reid Conservation Area, and then head into the forest to call the owls and see if we can get them to respond,” said Mr. Stavinga. “We get a lot of visitors to Ken Reid interested in birding in general and owls in particular, so this will be a really fun evening where, hopefully, people will get to hear the various types of owls and other nocturnal visitors.”

The April 3 Owl Prowl will be the first in a series of events held this year at Ken Reid Conservation Area, including a birding excursion through the park with Mr. Stavinga in May.

“We have a lot of great events planned for our conservation areas in 2019 and an Owl Prowl is certainly one we’ve heard from the public they would like to take part in,” said Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands Kristie Virgoe.

The April 3 Owl Prowl is limited to 20 people, so the event will be on a first come, first serve basis.

In the event of inclement weather, the Owl Prowl will be held the following Wednesday, April 10.

The Owl Prowl will begin at 7 p.m. with a presentation in the boardroom followed by an hour being immersed in the night time canopy of Ken Reid Conservation Area.

To register, go to

“We expect this popular event will fill up quickly, so people are encouraged to register early,” said Ms. Virgoe. “Ken Reid Conservation Area is a wonderful place during the day for individuals and families to visit. It is equally magical during the evening when you can experience the nocturnal world through the knowledge and guidance of Rob Stavinga.”

Visit and check out the Calendar of Events for more activities coming up at our Conservation Areas including senior’s walks, forest bathing and more.