Owl Prowl cancelled for 2020 but find out about all the Raptor Month activities to replace it!
Ausable Bayfield Conservation hosts Raptor Month
Raptor webinars, Outdoor Family Experiences, and social media posts replace traditional Owl Prowl event in 2020
The traditional one-night Owl Prowl is cancelled for 2020, as part of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) response during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but the conservation authority is offering activities for the entire month of November to replace the popular event this year.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation is making November Birds of Prey month. Raptors are meat-eating birds of prey and include owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons and they play a very important role in our local ecosystem, according to ABCA.
During the month of November, you may find out more about birds of prey including owls through Outdoor Family Experiences offered by Ausable Bayfield Conservation, social media posts, and webinars on Zoom and YouTube.
You may book a ‘COVID-friendly’ Owl Prowl for your family at Morrison Dam Conservation Area for dates starting in November until February 27, 2021. Staff at ABCA ask you to please note that conservation areas trails are closed to the public from sunset to sunrise. The public can only use trails at night when a program is booked and they are accompanied by ABCA staff.
Weekend outdoor family experiences can be booked through Eventbrite.ca and include owl prowls; autumn hikes at Bannockburn Conservation Area; pond studies at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA); fossil hunts at Rock Glen Conservation Area; a nature awareness hike at any conservation area; or ‘Christmas in the Forest’ at MDCA.
The Eventbrite.ca website has the available dates and times to register for one of these experiences. For more information contact conservation education staff at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
The education programs adhere to the pandemic protocols (for gathering sizes and social physical distancing, etc.) from public health authorities.
Learn about new outdoor family experiences this autumn:
Ausable Bayfield Conservation offers a wide variety of programs for all age levels.
Choose from one of our many school conservation programs at this link:
New for Fall Outdoor Family Experiences
Immerse yourself in nature this autumn. Guided by an Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff member, learn about trees, birds, and the many animals that live in and around Morrison Dam Conservation Area.
Oaks and Acorns (ages 2-5 years old with caregiver)
This outdoor play and inquiry based program takes place in the beautiful woods around Morrison Dam Conservation Area! Learn how to assess risk and help your child explore and deepen their relationship with nature. We meet no matter the weather! Dress for the weather and bring a snack!
When: Fridays, October 9 - November 27 (8 sessions)
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 71108 Morrison Line
Cost: $80 per family (One adult: Two children)
Who: 2-5 years olds and an adult caregiver
Family Experiences (Maximum 10 people)
Choose from one of the following 'COVID-friendly' ABCA-educator led programs for you and your ‘bubble.’ All programs are 1.5 hours in length. Location and options to book vary for each program.
Option 1: Owl Prowl – Beginning in November, explore Morrison Dam at night with ABCA staff as they lead your group in a hike in search of owls. Learn about what makes these amazing creatures so successful at night. Build a Screech Owl nesting box for an additional fee! Program available at Morrison Dam Conservation Area only;
Date restrictions: November 1-February 28, not available December 21-January 1
Option 2: Pond Study – Explore the river or reservoir and use nets to collect aquatic creatures. Includes wetland awareness and use of ABCA-supplied equipment. Program available at Morrison Dam Conservation Area and Clinton Conservation Area.
Date restrictions: Only until mid-November
Option 3: Fantastic Fossils! – Journey through time and learn about the plants and animals that lived here more than 400 million years ago by journeying into the gorge and searching for signs of ancient life. Program available only at Rock Glen Conservation Area.
Date restrictions: September - October 23
Option 4: Nature Awareness Hike – Explore the natural world as a family through seasonally relevant topics and activities to do along the trail (request a specific focus!) Program is available at Bannockburn Conservation Area; Clinton Conservation Area; Rock Glen Conservation Area; and Morrison Dam Conservation Area.
Option 5: Christmas in the Forest – Learn about our local wildlife and how they survive the winter. Observe and feed birds. Create environmentally-friendly outdoor tree decorations and ‘presents’ for our animal friends! Conclude your program with a fire and winter story.
Date restrictions: Mid November until December 21
Cost: per family group $70 (up to five people), two families per time slot (maximum 10 people)
Programs available Mondays, Fridays or Saturdays staring at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.; evening starts may vary, suggesting times 6:00-7:30 p.m. or 7:30-9 p.m.
When booking your program, we will require the following information:
- Preferred date and time
- Program location
- Names of people in your group
Listed below are our most popular programs:
- Habitat Improvements: Bluebird or Bat Boxes (An additional material fee applies)
- Puddles and Pollywogs: Pond or River Ramble
- Bird Presentations – Winter and Feeding the Birds
- Eco-Dynamics – Team Building
- Fantastic Fossils
- Amazing Animals
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask us to deliver a custom program for your group!
Scout and Guide Badge Requirements
All of our programs have components that will meet one or more of your badge requirements. Speak to us about how we can adjust the program to meet your specific needs.
Yellow Fish Road™
Looking for something with an environmental action component? Choose Yellow Fish Road™. Your group will learn about local water systems and contribute to community action by painting storm drains and distributing resources to homeowners about their connection to local rivers.
Come to us or we can come to you! Choose from the following locations:
- Bannockburn Conservation Area (north of Varna; between Bayfield and Brucefield)
- Clinton Conservation Area (Clinton)
- Morrison Dam Conservation Area (east of Exeter)
- Rock Glen Conservation Area (Arkona)
- Your location
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