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Interactive “All About Owls” program comes to Bretzfelder Park Aug. 2
BETHLEHEM, N.H.—The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, along with local resident Kathie Lovett, will host an interactive program about owls at Bretzfelder Park the evening of Aug. 2. Designed by the Four Winds Nature Institute, part of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, the program is part of the Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series.
The free program is open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.
“All About Owls” is an interactive program aimed at ages 6-12, although budding naturalists of all ages are welcome to attend. Participants will learn about owl calls, the physical adaptations owls make to survive, and their behavior.
The program will focus on three species native to this region: Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls and the Northern Saw-whet Owls.
Owls are often thought of as mysterious and wise, and the program will explore how they achieved this reputation. The program’s hands-on approach will involve dissecting owl pellets and watching a puppet show. Participants will also have a chance to play “owl games.”
Lovett, a resident of Franconia and lifelong student of the natural world, has been teaching Four Winds programs for two years.
“My love of nature comes from walking in the woods observing and sometimes painting a picture of what I see,” she said. “What I like best about Four Winds it its ability to foster meaningful connections to nature.”
Four Winds Nature Institute is a non-profit organization striving to advance the understanding, appreciation, and protection of the environment through community-based natural science education and research. Four Winds programs are creative and interactive and are designed to encourage children and adults to learn about and explore the natural world in their own communities.
Participants in the “All About Owls” program should bring headlamps or flash lights to help see the tiny bones while dissecting the owl pellets.
Owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (www.forestsociety.org), Bretzfelder Park is managed in cooperation with the town of Bethlehem. The Park, bequeathed to the Forest Society in 1984 by Helen Bretzfelder in memory of her father, Charles, houses a classroom, educational trails, a pond, and several picnic sites.
Two series of educational programs are held there each year, in August and February. The Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series continues Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. with a presentation by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center about Animal Athletes.