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'Owl prowl’ hosted by 180-acre bird sanctuary near Kalamazoo

Muyiwa Ogunmeru

Nov. 08, 2019

AUGUSTA, MI — A bird sanctuary, home to native and migratory birds, invites attendees to learn about what to listen and look for before setting out in hopes of spotting owls next week.
The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary will host the owl prowl event from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. The begins with an appearance from one of the sanctuary’s ambassador owls.
Then, attendees will venture outdoors to call for owls and listen to their responses, according to an Oct. 29 news release from Michigan State University’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, where the sanctuary is located. Attendees are advised to dress for the weather.
Ticket prices for the event range from $3-$5 for members and $5-$7 for nonmembers. No registration is required.
The bird sanctuary is a part of the larger Kellogg Biological Station, a 3,873-acre area home to a variety of research stations. It is Michigan State University’s largest off-campus education center, according to MSU’s website , and is located just east of Gull Lake, between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.
The 180-acre bird sanctuary was created in 1927 as a refuge for the Canada goose and other migratory birds and was an important restoration space for the trumpeter swan in the 1980s, according to the sanctuary website.
The space still serves as an important stopover for migratory birds and the mission of the sanctuary is to, “conserve native habitat for migratory and resident birds and to promote environmental awareness through research, education and outreach,” according to the news release.
Sanctuary visitors have access to a trail to Wintergreen Lake, which is home to trumpeter swans, Canada geese and different species of waterfowl in addition to other exhibits, such as birds of prey enclosures, according to the website. The sanctuary is open for visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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