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Who, who…

Back when my kids were young, we use to do what was called an Owl Prowl with the Missouri Department of Conservation. So over the years I’ve come to really appreciate Owls. In fact, a few years ago at home, I actually had a conversation with an Owl. If you’ve heard this story before, then just jump ahead.

First the Owl did it’s usual call, then taking what I learned at the Owl Prowl’s, I responded. Then the owl replied, then I answered, anyway you get the idea. So this article touched my heart when read it.

The article is entitled “Firefighters save great horned owl from ashes of California wildfirebyMary Jo DiLonardo over at Mother Nature Network. Whooo doesn’t love a great owl story?!



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So a couple of weeks ago I wrote the post Owl prowl in the front yard and the neat thing was, the owl came back a couple of nights later but I decided not to post about it. Well, I came across this article today in the Missouri Conservationist and I thought, why not? So tonight’s article is entitled “The Eastern Screech-Owl ” by Angie Morfeld and is about what else, owls!

Whoo whoo-


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Owl prowl in the front yard

So tonight’s posting is really a story but one in which my daughter and I were involved with. When the kids were younger, I use to take them to what was called an Owl Prowl, courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation and it usually happened around this time of year. The link above is for the one in St. Louis next weekend.

Well, last night my daughter and I had just come home from running some errands when we heard an owl across the street. Rather than go inside the house we stood there for a minute and then I made an attempt to repeat the owl’s call. Within a minute, the owl returned my call and back and forth we went for several minutes.

My daughter also made a couple of calls as well and needless to say, we both had a great time. A few minutes later however, it was over. We tried to see if we could spot the owl and thought we might have but we weren’t sure. All in all, it was a pretty cool owl prowl right there in the front yard.



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Snowy Christmas

So in honor of the snowy Christmas we had, I thought I would post this nice article about a Snowy Owl that was spotted here in West Alton and where she sat for over six hours as bird watchers took pictures.

The article is entitled “Snowy Owl Sightings Bring Out the Bird Paparazzi in St. Louis” by Eric Heffernan over in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Scroll down to the bottom of the article and there are a ton of really cool pictures.



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Owls coming into their own

Unfortunately we didn’t make the Owl Prowl this year but I did come across this article on Owls tonight as I was cleaning out old copies of the Science Times (from the New York Times) from my closet.

It also reminded me of an earlier post I did a couple of months ago on Owls in Russia entitled Owl Prowl Time. This article, entitled “The Owl Comes Into Its Own” by Natalie Angier over at the New York Times, is about the work of the Global Owl Project. Now, back to our regularly scheduled cleaning.



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Owl prowl time

When the kids were younger, we use to go to Missouri Department of Conservation’s Owl Prowl (see page four of the handout for more information). In fact, I was thinking we might go again this year but we’ll see.

When I saw this article, it took me back to those times and good memories. The article is entitled “Get Wise to These Guys” by Gianne Brownell Mitic over at the Wall Street Journal. An owl prowl or owl safari as they calla it, in Siberia. How cool is that?!



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Kids & nature

This being the weekend I don’t see my kids has led me to do a lot of reflection on our time spent together. In fact, just this week I was going through my Conservation Connections Newsletter (for nature events in the St. Louis area) that I get online from the Missouri Department of Conservation and I recognized one of the events,  the Owl Prowl, which the kids and I have done several times over the years.

Something else I recently came across, the article “The Frog Who Fell Through Time” by Richard Louv, also took me back but to my childhood instead of theirs and the times I spent in my neighborhood woods with my friends. We spent hours out there and I have some of my best memories of my childhood from my time out in the woods.

So imagine my surprise when I saw this article, “Four in Five Children Are Not ‘Connected to Nature’“. I was troubled to say the least , granted that this study was done in the U.K., it’s still worrisome.  Just a couple of weeks ago though, the kids and I spent the best time at one of our local favorites, Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, where we’ve done some of our Owl Prowls.

Chow for now!


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Birds, birds, birds

The kids and I were running really late this morning but then we noticed this amazing flock of black birds flying overhead so may it was okay. My youngest said there must have been hundreds while I said thousands. Anyway, it reminded me of an earlier post (see Mother Nature at her best) where I talked about seeing hundreds (but again, it must have been thousands). So since I was putting together a few bird articles just the other night, I thought here’s the perfect opportunity to post those articles.

First up is a book review for two books, Gift of the Crow by John Narzluff and Tony Angell and Bird Sense by Tim Birkhead. The article is entitled “The Games Crows Play, and Other Winged Tales” by James Gorman over at the New York Times. Ever since I read Feathers : the evolution of a natural miracle by Thor Hanson, I’ve become fascinated with birds. They are two books definitely on my list right after…

So this next article makes sense as it cover’s another book but this one about what lies under those feathers. The article is “Flights of Winged Majesty, again by James Gorman (yes, over at the New York Times) with this book entitled The Unfeathered Bird by Katrina Van Grouw and again, you can just add it to the list.

Now of the birds of the world, certainly one of my (and my kids) favorites is the owl. Each year we go on an Owl walk over at our local park and so this article is appropriately entitled “The Owl Comes Into It’s Own” by Natalie Angier and yet again, at the New York Times.

Fly away!


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