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Owls — Sharks of the Night talk on Jan. 29

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Barbara Tomlinson with barred owl and egg,

CAMDEN, Maine — Barbara Tomlison will lead a discussion on owls and their habits at noon Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Merryspring Nature Center.

Together with a live barn owl companion and her husband Tomm, Barbara will elaborate on owl natural history and behavior, including how they are voracious hunters, earning them the nickname “sharks of the night sky.” While quite rare in Maine, barn owls are found throughout the world, and have excellent hearing and keen eyesight.

Tomlinson has been a wildlife rehabilitator for more than 15 years. Before moving to Maine, she was manager of the Wild Haven Sanctuary in North Carolina, where she looked after injured and orphaned birds and mammals before they could be released into the wild.

This talk is part of Merryspring ‘s 2013 Winter Talk Series, co-sponsored by The First and the Allen Insurance and Financial agency. Admission is free for Merryspring members, with a nominal fee of $5 for non-members.

Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 near the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239