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Spend An Evening Outside For The Weir Farm Owl Prowl In Wilton

Maybe you will spot a great horned owl at the Weir Farm Owl Prowl.
Maybe you will spot a great horned owl at the Weir Farm Owl Prowl. Photo Credit: File

WILTON/RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ever gone bird watching in the dark? This is your chance as the Weir Preserve and Weir Farm National Historic Site host the annual Owl Prowl on the  Wilton/Ridgefield border. 

The 21st annual event will begin be from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Nov. 22. 

Owlers will gather in the Burlingham Barn at Weir Farm for a presentation by Frank Gallo on owls that live in this area. Gallo is director of the Coastal Center at Milford Point of the Connecticut Audubon Society. He is a veteran of bird walks and owl prowls in Weir Preserve.

Gallo will review the unique characteristics — talons, feathering, hearing, vision—that make owls such effective raptors of the night. He will also discuss some of the mythology that has evolved around owls.

After his presentation, the group will proceed to nearby fields where Gallo will attempt to call in screech owls, barred owls and great horned owls. In earlier prowls, all three of these species have responded to his calls and some have been seen.

Weir Farm National Historic Site is at Nod Hill Road and Pelham Lane. on the Wilton/Ridgefield border. To preserve and protect the site, parking for the event will be at the Branchville Elementary School, 40 Florida Road, off Route 102/Branchville Road, across from Ancona’s Market, in Ridgefield. 

Free shuttle bus service will run from the school to the  Historic Site beginning at 7 p.m. No parking will be available at the site.

Children of all ages are welcome. The event is free, and there is no rain date. For more information, call  Bruce Beebe, Weir Preserve program director, at 203-834-5066.

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