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Baby snowy owl to be featured
at IRC Owl Prowls
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[OCT. 14, 2003]  DECATUR -- The Illinois Raptor Center is scheduling its annual Owl Prowls for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 25 and 26, starting promptly at 6:30 each evening.

Each prowl lasts about two hours and includes refreshments. The prowls will go ahead rain or shine. Participants are asked to wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring flashlights. The cost is $15 per adult and $7 per child. 

This year the center will introduce Yeti, a baby snowy owl, to the prowl events. Yeti, a name meaning "the abominable snowman," has just recently joined the center's Education on the Wing program -- the largest outreach program of its type in Illinois.

Snowy owls have become popular due to the Harry Potter books and movies. The prowls will give the public a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a baby snowy owl up close and personal, along with seven other owl species that can be found in Illinois. Members of the wild population of barred owls along the Sangamon River are sure to show up and join the prowl.


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Dates are also available Oct. 27 through Nov. 1 for businesses and organizations that would like to schedule a private prowl for their members and employees. To make a reservation for one of the scheduled Owl Prowls or to arrange for a private one, phone Jane Seitz or Jacques Nuzzo at (217) 963-6909.

Money raised from this event will support Illinois Raptor Center's projects and programs, which include environmental education, habitat restoration and wildlife intervention services.

For more information, go to www.illinoisraptorcenter.org.

[Illinois Raptor Center news release]

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