Exeter Guided Night Hikes
Even naturalists can be affected by a global pandemic. With hundreds of events across the county being cancelled, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has had to rethink the traditional night hikes and Owl Prowls that are so popular they attract hundreds of visitors to Morrison Dam Conservation Area each fall.
Beginning in November, groups of 10 or less can explore Morrison Dam at night with ABCA staff as they lead your group in a COVID-19-friendly hike in search of owls.
The evening begins with a short talk about owls found locally across the watershed. Families learn about the importance of healthy owl habitat, what makes owls incredible night time hunters and discover positive actions they can take to protect these magnificent creatures.
This year the small groups will be unable to meet Otis the owl mascot, as Conservation Halton is unable to bring live owls to the talks. After the talk, groups will have a guided hike into the forest to call and listen for owls (particularly the Eastern Screech Owl).
Even if you can’t attend, follow ABCA on Facebook as the organization highlights owls during the month of November. Due to the lack of nesting trees in the area everyone can get involved by building nesting boxes to help out the Eastern Screech Owl. Find step-by-step instructions at https://www.audubon.org/news/how-build-screech-owl-nest-box.
Call 519-235-2610 to book your family adventure. There will be a small fee to participate. Visit abca.ca for more information.