Night Owl-ology

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Friday March 22

7:00 PM  –  10:00 PM

Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center Training Room

Want to know more about owls in the Smoky Mountains? Join naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales for a two-part evening presentation about these nocturnal birds of prey with stellar vision, hearing and a nearly silent approach when hunting unsuspecting prey. 

Our evening begins with an information-packed indoor seated presentation familiarizing ourselves with the traits and habits of these superior hunters. Then we'll take our educational experience to the dark woods to look and listen for these silent hunters along the trail. 

Activity rating: Easy to moderate - We will be walking along an unpaved path that may have exposed roots and rocks. 
 
Mileage: 2 miles maximum
 
What to bring: Plenty of water and food for your comfort and sturdy walking shoes. When observing wildlife at night, we recommend using a headlamp or flashlight with a red lens. Binoculars, field guide, notebook and writing utensil may be helpful as well. A personal first-aid kit and trekking poles may be helpful as well.
 
About our guide: A native of the Roaring Fork area in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Stephen Lyn Bales is a naturalist, humorist, photographer, local historian and author of: Natural Histories, Ephemeral By Nature, Ghost Birds (Jim Tanner and the Ivorybill) and multiple articles for GSMA's Smokies Life, Tennessee Conservationist and Smithsonian magazines.  
 
Questions about joining this event? Call 436.7318 extension 349 or email Dana Murphy.

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