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3-5 March 2017 Houston, Minnesota USA

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Festival of Owls Schedule of Events


Schedule                            (click here for a downloadable poster)

Friday, March 3, 2017 (avoid the crowds and come on Friday!)

10:00 - 4:00 Live Owls on Display, gift shop & photography contest voting (Owl Center) ☺

11:00 Live Owl Program: Owl Detectives (Owl Center) ☺

2:00 Live Owl Program: Owls through the Ages (Owl Center) ☺

At Houston High School

6:00 PM  Doors open to public at High School

6:00 - 8:30 PM Vendors, raffle ☺

6:00 - 8:30 PM Crowd-source owl art (you get to paint!) ☺

7:00 PM Live Owl Program featuring Snowy, Great Horned and Barred Owls: the Illinois Raptor Center

8:00 PM Family and Adult-Only Owl Prowls *PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 4, 2017 (the most heavily attended day)

All activities at Houston High School unless otherwise noted

On your own: "Owl Moon" story walk (start at the Public Library)

8:00 - 12:00; 1:00 - 5:00 Chainsaw carving in City Park

8:00 – 11:00 Owl Face Pancake Breakfast (Lutheran Church)

9:00 Doors open at High School

9:00 – 4:30 Vendors, raffle ☺

9:00 - 4:30 Crowd-source owl art (you get to paint!) ☺

9:30 AM Live Owl Program featuring Barn, Short-eared, and Eastern Screech-Owls: the Illinois Raptor Center

10:00 - 4:00 Live Owls on Display, gift shop & photography contest voting (Owl Center) ☺

10:30 – 2:30 Kids Activities ☺

10:30 – 2:30 Owl Nest Box Building ($30/box) ☺

10:30 – 2:30 Owl Pellet Dissection ($5/pellet)☺

11:00 AM  Identifying Owls by Shape and Sound ☺

11:00 AM Owl StorytimeTales by Terry ☺

11:00 – 1:00 Owl-themed Lunch ☺

12:30 PM Kids Hooting Contest ☺ (be sure to go to the Owl Detectives program at 11 AM to learn what owls sound like!)

1:30 PM  Blakiston's Fish Owl Conservation in Russia by Dr. Jonathan Slaght

3:00 PM Live Owl Program featuring Snowy, Great Horned, and Barred Owls: the Illinois Raptor Center ☺

5:00 PM Banquet Social Hour (Cross of Christ Lutheran Church)*

6:00 PM Banquet (Cross of Christ Lutheran Church) *

7:30 PM World Owl Hall of Fame Award Presentations (Cross of Christ Lutheran Church) *

8:00 PM The Saga of the Spotted Owl: from conservation conflicts to science and back again by Dr. R. J. Gutierrez (Cross of Christ Lutheran Church) *

Sunday, March 5, 2017 (much less crowded than Saturday!)

All activities at Houston High School unless otherwise noted

On your own: "Owl Moon" story walk (start at the Public Library)

8:00 - 2:00  Chainsaw carving in City Park

8:30 – 12:30 Birding & Natural History Bus Trip and German Lunch SOLD OUT
       (leave from Houston Nature Center) with Dan Jackson, Tim Weisbrod, and Brian Lee *

9:00  Doors open at High School

9:00 – 3:30 Vendors, raffle ☺

9:00 - 3:30 Crowd-source owl art (you get to paint!) ☺

9:30 AM  Live Owl Program featuring Barn, Short-eared, and Eastern Screech-Owls: the Illinois Raptor Center ☺

10:00 - 4:00 Live Owls on Display, gift shop & photography contest voting (Owl Center) ☺

10:30 – 2:00 Owl Pellet Dissection ($5/pellet)☺

10:30 – 2:00 Kids Activities ☺

11:00 – 2:00 Owl Nest Box Building ($30/box) ☺

11:00 Blakiston's Fish Owl Survival in Hokkaido, Japanby Sumio Yamamoto ☺

12:00 PM Hatch-day Party Cake (until it's gone) ☺

12:30 PM Live Owl Program featuring Snowy, Great Horned, and Barrred Owls: the Illinois Raptor Center ☺

1:45 PM Raffle Drawing

2:00 PM USA premiere of "The Secret Life of Owls" by Make Believe Media, with Neil Rettig and Laura Johnson ☺ (film length is about 45 minutes)

 

* Pre-registration and fees required

☺ Daily admission wristband required (may be in addition to other fees) Adults: $8; Kids ages 4-17: $5; age 3 & under free. FREE ADMISSION for members of the International Owl Center. If you plan to come for the weekend, especially with a family, a membership is the most economical option, and comes with additional benefits.

Please note that credit cards are accepted at the International Owl Center only and not at the high school. Checks and cash are accepted at both locations.


 

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