Owl Prowl is Saturday. It’s one of the most popular events offered at the University of Tennessee Arboretum.
Owl Prowl is sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society and the Clinch River Raptor Center. Kathy Strunk and Katie Cottrell, naturalists from the Clinch River Raptor Center, will bring live owls for display and will give information about their natural history, a press release said.
Owl Prowl is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 22, at the UT Arboretum, which is at 901 South Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge.
The Raptor Center was started by John Byrd 31 years ago at Clinton Middle School. Since then, 2,000 birds have come to the Raptor Center to be rehabilitated. Strunk and Cottrell have shared the responsibility as co-directors of the Raptor Center for more than 25 years, and they have given hundreds of programs in East Tennessee on birds of prey, the press release said.
The Saturday evening program will begin at the UT Arboretum Program Shelter (follow the signs and drive to this location). The initial program will be followed by walks on the grounds of the Arboretum led by Strunk, Cottrell, and Byrd. The goal is to hear some owls, the press release said.
Those who do not wish to go on the walks may stay at the shelter and visit with the center’s educational owls. Participants are encouraged to bring flashlights if they plan to participate in the “owl prowl” in the woods.
To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org.
For more information on the Owl Prowl, call (865) 483-3571 or email Cottrell at [email protected].