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Waterloo Owl Prowl is a Real Hoot

Visitors at Michigan state parks can check out owls in their natural habitat during November and December.

Residents looking for a nighttime outdoor adventure are invited to bundle up, wait until dark and join other like-minded night owls and a state park naturalist for a walk through Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea on Dec. 1 for the "Owl Prowl."

Participating visitors will spend 30 to 45 minutes walking through the woods, calling these magnificent creatures, while seeing if they can spot one on its perch or flying overhead. Participants will meet at the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Road in Chelsea, at 7 p.m.

After the hike, guests can enjoy sitting around a bonfire, making s’mores, chatting about owls and sharing nature stories. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather (events will take place rain or shine), and bring something to drink, a camp chair, and a flashlight.

Pre-registration is not required and the program is free; however, a Recreation Passport is required for vehicles entering the state parks and recreation areas.

For more information, contact recreation programming assistant Tracy Ball at 231-944-0078, or email ballt4@michigan.gov.

Other Owl Prowls in the area include:

  • Pinckney State Recreation Area, 4:30 p.m, Dec. 1.

Meet at the Silver Lake day use area just past the park headquarters on Silver Hill Road. This program is sponsored by the Huron Valley Audubon Society. Pinckney State Recreation Area is located at 8555 Silver Hill Road in Pinckney. For details, call 734-426-4913.

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