BRLT hosts ‘Owls of Maine’ to a full room

Mon, 03/27/2023 - 2:00pm

    On March 22, Boothbay Region Land Trust (BRLT) hosted Owls of Maine to a full room of land trust members at Oak Point Farm. The program was presented by Chewonki science educator, Colleen Moureaux, as part of Chewonki’s Traveling Natural History programs. The highlight of the program was the presentation of two live owls, a Barred Owl and a Northern Saw-whet Owl, which attendees were able to observe up-close in the farmhouse gallery room to overall enthusiasm and awe.

    Moureaux, who has been with Chewonki for the past five years, provided a varied and engaging presentation highlighting the unique characteristics that set owls apart from other birds. Participants learned about the habits and adaptations of Maine's native owls. The special features of these nocturnal birds were discussed using slides, diagrams, taxonomic displays, and live owls. Participants also learned to recognize different owl calls, heard about owl diets, range, and behavior, and had plenty of opportunity to ask questions. The introduction of the two visiting owls provided the rare opportunity to observe the birds in close proximity. Both owls are considered non-releasable animals due to injuries and limitations that would prevent their successful reintroduction to the wild.

    This very popular, free program was offered to Boothbay Region Land Trust members first and it filled within three hours and generated a long waitlist. BRLT offers over 100 free educational programs to the community throughout the year. To learn more about BRLT programs, or to become a member, visit