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Owls in the Night

Dec 05, 2007

It’s easy to get so closed up into the house on those dark winter nights that I forget to step outside, see the stars and listen to the life out there. Owls, like the great horned owl in the photo here, make some of Missouri’s common winter night calls. Even without going outside, I often hear barred owls hooting at each other. Once you learn the differences in their calls, it’s easy to know what’s out there just by listening. (I like it as an adult, but I think it’s especially fun for kids to learn and feel they have some special knowledge of nature.)

If you live in central Missouri and want some help with night sound tips, you can reserve a place (call 573-526-5544) at an “Owl Prowl” outdoor event the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Runge Nature Center. (Our nature center events are updated on our website, so you can check there for various programs around the state.)

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