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January 12 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
All about Owls
Our next Explorer Day will actually be an evening event at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park where we will talk owls.
It is still cold outside, but the owls don’t mind! At this time of year, owls are thinking about nesting and we are going to see if we can hear or even see some. On this Explorer Day we will learn about some of our native owls, what we can do to help owls, and go on an evening walk to call for owls with our nature mentor, Paige Erickson-McGee, the Stewardship Coordinator at Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT).
We will also learn about what HAT is doing, and what we can do to help Western Screech Owls, which have declined in the Victoria region by over 90% in the past 10 years. Here is a link to some more information on this species from the HAT website. http://www.hat.bc.ca/western-
WHERE: Meet at the Filter Beds parking lot, which is at the southernmost tip of the lake. It is accessed from Beaver Lake Rd. on both sides. Here is a map link: https://goo.gl/maps/
COME PREPARED: Wear warm layers for being outdoors in the woods in the evening. Sunset is at 4:42 pm so we will be owling at dusk when the light is getting dimmer, so please bring a headlamp or flashlight if you have one.
Don’t forget to eat an early dinner or a pre-dinner snack!
DIRECTIONS to Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park:
If coming from downtown Victoria, take Highway 17/ Patricia Bay Highway and turn left onto Elk Lake Drive. Next, take a right on Beaver Lake Road to the Filter Beds parking lot.
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Explorer Day Etiquette:
- Be prepared to HAVE FUN!
- Pre-registration with your Club Leader is required for most Explorer Days. (Friends are welcome if space permits.)
- Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure enough time for passport stamping and organization. Starting times are firm, and Leaders cannot wait for late-comers!
- Please stay with the Leader and let them know if you are leaving early.
- Children must always be accompanied by an adult guardian, who is responsible for their behaviour. Children consistently disrupting the experience of others may be asked to leave.
- Bring appropriate weather gear, sunscreen, snacks, water, and other useful tools like binoculars, sketch books, cameras, and magnifying glasses.