Houston to host owl event this weekend

Immerse yourself in owls in Houston, Minn., Friday through Sunday, March 1-3, at North America’s original full-weekend, all-owl event.  

Roar Solheim, senior curator at Agdar University’s natural history museum in Norway, Martin Šálek, Little Owl researcher with the Czech Academy of Science’s Institute of Vertebrate Biology, and Krishna Mani Baral, conservation reporter from Nepal, will all be presenting. There will also be hundreds of pieces of children’s owl art from all over the world on display, selected from nearly 4,000 entries from 33 countries received this year.

The main attractions on Saturday and Sunday are the Illinois Raptor Center’s live owl programs that feature a variety of native owl species, including a live Snowy Owl. The International Owl Center’s own live owls are on display throughout the weekend.

Other fun experiences during the festival include an owl-face pancake breakfast, nest box building, pellet dissection, a hooting masterclass, owl crafts, a story stroll, loads of owl-themed merchandise and face-painting. A few activities require pre-registration, such as the bus trips and Saturday evening World Owl Hall of Fame award presentation reception.

For those who prefer smaller crowds, Sunday is the better day to visit. 

For one or the other detailed list of events, times and locations, or to register, visit the festival website at www.festivalofowls.com.  

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