A visiting Brownie Troop inspired staff at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary to create a special Scout patch for their Nov. 9 Owl Day.
From 1-5 p.m. on that Saturday, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages can earn an Owl Patch by participating in at least four afternoon opportunities:
Attend the 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. talk by Mark Baker, a licensed raptor (bird of prey) rehabilitator. He will have live owls that are unable to be released back into the wild.
Mike Baker explains about the Barn Owl pictured to a participant of a previous Owl Day.
Dissect an owl pellet.
Make an owl craft.
Learn to make at least one owl call. (Optional: Owl calling contest at 3 p.m.)
Learn the names of at least three species of owls.
When scouts arrive, a check list of activities will be available. After completing the activities, an owl patch can be purchased for $3.
Scouts that come to Owl Day will be made honorary Friends of the Nature Center for the day, giving them admission at the member rate of $6. Non-member admission for Owl Day is $8.
All visitors are welcome to participate in all activities.
There will also be food and behind-the-scenes tours of Liberty, Audubon's own non-releasable Bald Eagle.
Troops should call 569-2345 to reserve, then check in at a special table at the event.
The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, Pa.