BATH — In the early evening light, the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust welcomes the public to explore Sewall Woods Preserve in Bath for owls at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, led by Maine Master Naturalist Alan Seamans. Participants of all ages will listen to different owl calls, explore what makes a good owl home, and learn fun facts about these nighttime birds of prey. This is a free event.
Maine is home to 11 owl species, who spend all or part of the year in the state. These nocturnal predators can live in a variety of habitats from dense woodlands, to marshes, to urban environments like golf courses or airports.
Seamans will share recordings of various owl calls as he leads prowlers on a walk through the preserve. Meeting at dusk will optimize chances of seeing or hearing owls as wintertime is their mating season. Owls will be listening for possible mates and more eager to respond to calls, even if they come from a recording.
Prowlers should wear footwear with excellent tread and/or bring microspikes for traction on potentially icy trails. Packing a headlamp and dressing to spend 1-1½ hours outdoors is strongly encouraged. Sign up at www.kennebecestuary.org or call 442-8400.
To get to Sewall Woods Preserve from Bath, take High Street north and turn left onto Whiskeag Road. Enter the parking area through the stone gate posts on the right.The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains eleven preserves for public enjoyment and has protected 3,700+ acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI visit www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.