Posted on August 8, 2018 by Chad Bergman
This fall season, the Audubon Society of Greater Denver invites you and your family to investigate and celebrate owls, the stealthy nocturnal hunters (a.k.a. ninjas of the night!), at our 8th annual HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival sponsored by Live Urban Real Estate in Denver. Discover the secret life of owls through owl workshops, night hikes, live owl encounters, crafts, educational activities, and informational displays presented by local non-profit and government organizations.
“When I engage with community members throughout Denver at various special events and programs, they often say “I gotta share my owl story with you!’,” said Kate Hogan, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. “Our HOOTenanny provides the unique opportunity to admire these amazing, mostly nocturnal creatures in our outdoor amphitheater with live encounters from Nature’s Educators. We hope that these close, personal encounters with owls will inspire event visitors to learn more and take action in their own lives to help protect the owls of Colorado.”
The 2018 festival has been extended to a 4-day event, beginning on Wednesday September 12, with a variety of workshops and nocturnal wildlife hikes throughout the week leading up to the HOOTenanny on Saturday September 15, 2018. Want to learn more about some of the smallest and most adorable owls in Colorado? Join us for the Birding Insights workshop for a chance to meet some mini-owls from Nature’s Educators! For the younger hoots in your life, join us for a nocturnal wildlife hike to learn about the owls of Chatfield State Park or the Highlands Ranch Back Country.
The main event, held on Saturday September 15, is designed with all ages in mind and takes place in the beautiful setting of the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park. Investigate “Whoo’s for Dinner” by examining owl pellets (i.e. owl puke), while partnering organizations such as Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and Evergreen Audubon will have owl activities and owl biofacts on display. Take home a hoot of a craft or sport your owl spirit with custom face painting. Check out the adorable owl hats, earrings, stuffed animals, and other merchandise in the nature center gift shop. Delicious local eats will be available for purchase from the HipStir Wagon food truck and local folk music will be performed by acoustic rock band Nearly There.
Festival events take place at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield located at 11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton, CO 80125. Smaller workshops will sell out and advanced registration is requested by visiting www.denveraudubon.org [denveraudubon.org] or by calling 303-973-9530. Proceeds from this festival support our educational programs and activities at the Audubon Center at Chatfield.
About Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Founded in 1969, the Audubon Society of Greater Denver (ASGD) is a local nonprofit organization, specializing in birding field trips for the Metro-community, wildlife education and local conservation efforts. ASGD is dedicated to connecting people with nature through education, conservation and research. For more information, call 303.973.9530 or visit www.denveraudubon.org.