Go on the prowl for owls with MDC at Runge Nature Center

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Whoooo’s there? Missouri owls, that’s who! Discover nature and explore the fascinating lives of these winged nighttime hunters at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Runge Conservation Nature Center’s program Owl Prowl from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 23. This program is free and open to all ages, but pre-registration by Jan. 23 is required.

As predators, owls play an important ecological role in controlling mice, rats, frogs, lizards, insects and rabbits. Of the 18 owl species native to North America, eight live in Missouri or visit here. Discover how to identify owls by their calls, shapes and field markings.

Following the indoor program, participants are invited to take a short walk on a nature trail at Runge to look and listen for owls. Please make sure to dress for the weather.

For questions, or to register, contact Runge Nature Center at 573-526-5544.

Runge Nature Center is located on Hwy 179 in Jefferson City approximately .5 mile north of Hwy 50. Building hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The building is closed on Sunday and Monday. The outdoor trails are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

For more information on this or other programs, visit mdc.mo.gov and search “Runge.”