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Guess who gives a hoot this weekend at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum?

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 8:00 am in Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

3 Little Owls
3 owls
photo by Flickr user EltonHarding used under a Creative Commons license.

HEAD TURNING EXPERIENCES: Owls Take Center Stage at Lindsay

Walnut Creek, CA — Visitors to Lindsay Wildlife Museum are sure to have a head turning experience on May 9 and 10, as the museum’s live owls will take center stage for a series of live animal presentations, feeding demonstrations, and kids’ activities.

Great horned owl

Lindsay Wildlife Museum is home to six owls that live at the museum due to injuries that would prevent them from surviving in the wild. They include members of the species Great Gray Owl, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Barn Owl, all of which are native to California and the San Francisco Bay Area.

** WHAT: Lindsay Wildlife Museum Celebrates Owls

** WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10

** TIME: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

** WHERE: The museum is at 1931 First Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

** COST: Free with general admission

Great gray owl

10:30 a.m. — Petting Circle
11:00 .am. — Owl Encounter: nocturnal adaptations
11:30 a.m. — Owl story time with Miss Suzie
Noon-12:30 p.m. — Craft activity
12:15 p.m. — Petting Circle
1:00 p.m. — Raptor Program featuring owls
1:30-2:00 p.m. — Craft activity
2:00 p.m. — Feeding Demonstration: What do owls eat?
2:30 p.m. — Owl pellet dissection demonstration
3:15 p.m. — Fox training demonstration
3:30-4:00 p.m. — Craft activity
3:45 p.m. —Petting Circle
4:15 .p.m. — Owl Encounter: diurnal vs. nocturnal raptors

While these nocturnal and secretive birds are not often seen, they are certainly in our midst. Last year alone, 142 injured or orphaned owls were brought to the museum’s Wildlife Hospital for care.

Acute vision, exceptional hearing and silent flight make these birds of prey prodigious hunters.

Owls have extra vertebrae and muscles in their necks, providing the ability to turn their head nearly all the way around — about 270 degrees in each direction.

Barn owl

Lindsay Wildlife Museum connects people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share.

The museum exhibits a collection of live, native California animals, a hands-on discovery room for children, a pet education section with domestic animals, changing exhibits, scores of educational programs, and a wildlife rehabilitation hospital that treats about 6,000 injured and orphaned wild animals every year.

More information:

Call: 925-935-1978

Believe me, everyone, this place is the greatest … especially for families with kids. /Gary

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