Winter Owl Walk for Adults

CUTLINE: The Barred Owl is among the owls that may be spotted during an outdoor owl walk for adults on Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 pm at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro. Participants will learn about owls and how to call them.


Winter Owl Walk for Adults

Waynesboro - An owl walk along the hiking trails of Renfrew Park in Waynesboro will be held on Thursday, February 18, at 6:30pm (storm date Feb. 25). This winter excursion, led by Renfrew Institute staff member and naturalist Lori Schlosser, is open to adults age 15 and up.
The activity is free (donations accepted), but registration is required and limited to 50. Spaces are filling up quickly, so anyone wishing to join the walk should register soon. For more information or to register, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or email at: renfrewinst@innernet.net.
The owl walk begins with a brief informational session at Renfrew's visitors center, where Schlosser will present an introduction to owls and a preview of various owl calls.
Following the introduction, Schlosser will lead the group along trails in the park. During several stops, the group will pause to sit and call various owls, including the Great Horned Owl, the Barred Owl and the Screech Owl.
Schlosser said patience pays off when trying to call owls. "If the calls are too loud, you can scare them off," she said. Participants are required to sit quietly for short periods of time to watch for owl flight and listen for owl reply calls.
After the program, Schlosser hopes participants will attempt to call owls on their own. "They could go to places on their own, maybe in their backyard or along a road at the edge of a woods."
Those attending should dress appropriately for the weather, as the walk may last up to an hour. Flashlights are permitted; however, participants will be asked to turn them off during the walk to allow their eyes to adjust to the darkness.
The owl walk is sponsored by the adult education committee of Renfrew Institute and by Renfrew Institute's Today's Horizon Fund contributors: PenMar Development Corp., Nora Roberts Foundation and an Anonymous Donor. Facility support is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.
Parking is available either in Renfrew's lower lot or adjacent to the visitor's center.