Discover the fascinating lives of Maine owls with KELT

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 10:45am

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) welcomes the public to explore Weber-Kelly Preserve in Georgetown for owls on Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. Led by the light of the moon and nature enthusiasts Jane Harrison and Leigh Ann Fish, participants of all ages will listen to different owl calls, explore what makes a good owl home, and learn fun facts about these nighttime birds of prey. This is a free event.

Maine is home to eleven owl species, who spend all or part of the year in the state. These nocturnal predators can live in a variety of habitats from dense woodlands, to marshes, to urban environments like golf courses or airports. Harrison and Fish will share recordings of various owl calls as they lead prowlers on a walk through the preserve. Meeting at dusk will optimize chances of seeing or hearing owls as wintertime is their mating season. Owls will be listening for possible mates and more eager to respond to calls, even if they come from a recording.

Prowlers should wear footwear with excellent tread and/or bring micro-spikes for traction on potentially icy trails. Packing a headlamp and dressing to spend 1-1 ½ hours outdoors is strongly encouraged. Please sign up at or call 207-442-8400. To get to Weber-Kelly Preserve, take Route 127 south from Route 1. Go 8 miles to Bay Point Road, turn right. Preserve parking area and kiosk is located two miles south on the left.