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The Ridges Hosting Owl-O-Rama

There’s something for everyone during The Ridges’ Owl-O-Rama, March 4 & 5, an entire weekend of activities dedicated to these remarkable raptors. Highlights include crafts, owl prowls, nest box building and live owls. Drop by The Ridges Cook-Fuller Center between 10 am and 4 pm to learn all about these feathered wonders.

Cavity nesting owls can be attracted to your property with nest boxes. After perusing the displays at the Center on March 5, drop in at The Ridges workshop between 10 am and 2 pm to learn about Nest Box Building. The workshop facility is located at 8288 County Q, a short drive or hike from the Center. Workshop fees are $25 for Ridges members and $30 for the general public and include the materials for one nest box.

Winter often brings large numbers of snowy owls to Wisconsin and spotting one of these magnificent birds is a real thrill. During a free presentation at 11 am on March 5, Mark Martin and Sue Foote-Martin, managers at Madison Audubon Society’s Goose Pond Sanctuary, will report on what they’ve learned about snowy owl migration after tracking a male snowy owl fitted with a transmitter for the past year.

Don’t miss an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Door County’s resident raptors at an Owl Meet & Greet on March 5 at 1 pm. Representatives from Open Door Bird Sanctuary will be on hand to answer questions and talk about raptors. Admission is free.

Naturalist-guided Owl Prowls will be held at 6:30 pm on March 4 & 5. Winter is mating season for owls and it’s not unusual to hear their romantic hooting in the woods. After hiking, return to the center for a mug of hot chocolate. Adult fees are $10 for Ridges members and $13 for the general public and $5 for children and students under 18.

With the exception of the Nest Building Workshop, all activities and events take place at The Ridges Cook-Fuller Center, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. For more information, visit RidgesSanctuary.org or call 920.839.2802.

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