AUBURN UNIVERSITY– The Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University will release a Barn Owl, two or more Barred Owls and an Eastern Screech-Owl Friday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve at 2222 N. College St. in Auburn.
The Eastern Screech-Owl is a small owl about six inches tall that inhabits the eastern portion of the United States and prefers wooded areas for its habitat. It has three morphs, or colors, of plumage: gray, brown and red. It eats nocturnal insects but will also take on small mammals and birds.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Southeastern Raptor Center hosts educational, birds-in-flight raptor programs on Fridays before Auburn University home football games. Hawks, falcons and eagles will be free-flown from flight towers, enabling guests to see these raptors flying close.
“Football, Fans and Feathers” kicks off Sept. 14; other dates are Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 26 and Nov. 2, 9 and 16. Programs begin at 4 p.m. and take place in the 350-seat Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater at 1350 Pratt-Carden Drive off Shug Jordan Parkway. For GPS, use 1350 Raptor Road.
Visitors learn about the residents of the Southeastern Raptor Center during these entertaining programs, which are open to the public. Admission is $5 each and registration is not required. Admission is $3 a person for school groups of 25 or more, and those groups should call (334) 844-6943 in advance. Children under three are admitted free.