DWR to Host “Listen to the Owls Night” in the Castle Country Area

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Barn owls are among the owls you might hear at Listen to the Owls Night.

DWR Press Release

PRICE — Owl calls are a common sound effect in nighttime movie scenes, but have you ever heard the real thing in person? Here’s your chance. The Division of Wildlife Resources is hosting a “Listen to the Owls Night” on the evening of April 5.

Late March and early April are when owl vocalizations are especially noticeable as owl nesting season approaches. This is when biologists conduct owl surveys. They use electronic calls to broadcast owl vocalizations, then listen for responses.

The free event on April 5 will be held in conjunction with owl surveys in south-central Utah. The event in Emery County will start at the Desert Lake Waterfowl Management Area east of Elmo and conclude in Huntington Canyon.

“Great horned owls, barn owls and screech owls are common species in Utah,” said DWR Regional Conservation Outreach Manager Morgan Jacobsen, “but stealth and twilight often keep them obscured from plain sight. So when you hear one, it’s a special experience. This viewing event will be an excellent opportunity to observe these majestic birds.”

The event is free, but registration is required and limited to the first 30 people who sign up. To register, or for more information, contact Jacobsen at (435) 613-3707 or morganjacobsen@utah.gov. Meeting times and locations will be provided when you register.

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