Owls the focus of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge this Saturday

The Friends of the Bear River Refuge are sponsoring the 10th annual Owl Day scheduled for this Saturday, January 13th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the bird refuge west of Brigham City (2155 W. Forrest Street). On KVNU’s For the People program on Tuesday, visitor services manager Kathi Stopher said there are nine native owls to the state of Utah that are commonly found on the refuge.

“We’re lucky enough to have wonderful partners in the Ogden Nature Center. (They) are going to be sending over their experts with a few of these owl species to introduce them to our visitors through a meet-and-greet, where the visitors can see the owls up close and personal (and) ask questions, because they are fascinating animals,” she said.

Children attending will be able to learn more about these special birds by dissecting an owl pellet, watch owl movies and have their face painted like an owl. Stopher said owls are essential to the eco-system of the refuge.

“We know that if we did not have owls in our food web that we would be absolutely overrun with small rodents. On a larger level, our Great Horned Owl actually takes care of some of the predators that go after the ground-nesting birds, like skunks and feral cats.”

For more information call (435) 723-5887 or visit the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge on their Facebook page.

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