Owls by the Light of the Moon

One of the questions I hear all the time when I am visiting The Center for Birds of Prey is “Aren’t owls nocturnal?” or something like that. The answer is yes—and no. But this is one of the reasons that made our Owls by Moonlight event so unique. Where else can you see owls flying by the light of the moon? The owls didn’t disappoint, but the weather did.

The event had to be postponed a week due to weather, a risk you take when planning outdoor events. But what it showed us was the importance of having that backup plan in place, everyone pulling together to execute the plan, and then following that up with a spectacular event.

How often do you think about what would happen if you suddenly had to cancel and reschedule something important? We had sponsors lined up to provide us food. Bathroom and hand-washing facilities being delivered. Volunteers willing to donate their Saturday night. And of course over 100 guests who needed to be notified and reconfirmed for the new date.

I am pleased to say not only were we able to rely on our contingency plan, but moving it to the following week actually increased attendance! The Asian Brown Wood Owl was the host of the evening, guiding guests between activities.

But when it comes down to it, there are two owls that stole the show. One was the Eurasian Eagle Owl, the largest species of owl in the world! She flew silently and flawlessly, inches above our heads, navigating in the dim light just as if it were broad daylight. And the other owl, well owls, that people fell in love with were some of the owl chicks. The chicks toddled around, bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.

What an amazing experience to be part of and one I won’t soon forget!


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