A large crowd of over a hundred owl enthusiasts gathered at North Farms Park in Northford on Saturday, September 9, for an Owl Prowl at Big Gulph. Led by John Triana, Real Estate Manager of the Regional Water Authority (RWA), the night time family friendly hike took owl prowlers through protected RWA property in search of native species of owls. There was no guarantee that any owls would be attracted to the recordings made by Triana of the Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, and Barred Owl cries, but on the third try, two Barred Owls came to investigate. Not only did they call out in answer to the recording, but they also called out to one another and flew across the clearing where the crowd gathered. Spectators delighted in the calling and the sightings of the Barred Owls, which range in height from 17-24 inches, with a wing span of 44 inches. While watching for the nocturnal birds of prey, the crowd witnessed a magical night time phenomenon – a shooting star raced across the sky above the clearing.
The Owl Prowl event was sponsored by the RWA in partnership with North Branford Land Conservation Trust (NBLCT). NBLCT is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to acquire and maintain open space and to promote the conservation of land and natural resources within the Town of North Branford and environs. For more information about NBLCT, go to www.nblandtrust.org.