Prowl for owls with Audubon Society

This Northern Saw-whet owl and its mate have recently been seen nesting on East Orchard Mesa. Normally a high-country species that nests in Colorado from 7,000 to 10,000 feet elevation, this is the first confirmed report of Saw-whets nesting in the Grand Valley. Photo by Steve Bouricious

Here’s a hoot-out for one of the most-popular events sponsored by the Grand Valley Audubon Society.

It’s the Owl Prowl Field Trip on Saturday and Sunday, and participants are likely to see all five of the owl species — western screech owl, great horned owl, barn owl, long-eared owl and burrowing owl — residing in the valley.

But hold on, it’s six now, thanks to hawk-eyed birders Debbie and Steve Bouricious of East Orchard Mesa. The Bouriciouses recently discovered two northern saw-whet owls nesting near their house (Steve and Debbie’s house, not the owls’).

This is the first time northern saw-whets have been confirmed to be nesting in the valley.

Maybe it indicates the housing slump is going to end.

WHO: Interested birders and the Grand Valley Audubon Society.

WHAT: The Owl Prowl Field Trip to see the six species of owls nesting in the valley.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. both days.

WHERE: Meet at the Dinosaur Journey parking lot south of the Fruita Interstate 70 interchange. The group will visit nesting sites and return in the late afternoon.

HOW: Registration is required, $5 per individual. Call or email trip leaders. Saturday: Carole Brysky, 208-5587, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Sunday: Bob Bradley, 263-4613, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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