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The barred owl is one of the species featured during Owl Day. Photos by Chris Young.

A day for owls at the Illinois Raptor Center

October 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

Owl Day at the Illinois Raptor Center will be held starting with an owl photography session at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Also on tap will be an Owls of Illinois educational program from 2 - 3 p.m. and an owl prowl from 7 - 8 p.m.


Owl Photography Session

When:  10 - 11 a.m.

Description:  A special photography session will be available with live owls perched in outdoor settings.

Although the birds are all captives and some have permanent injuries, we will try to position them so their disabilities and leather jesses are not visible.

The specific birds used depend on health and training of the birds as well as weather conditions.

We anticipate the following species to be used:

Great Horned Owl
Eastern Screech-Owls
Barred Owl

Please note that there is no guarantee as to which species will attend the photo shoot, as the well-being of the birds is of the highest importance.

Substitute owl species may need to be used.

The session will be held at the Illinois Raptor Center’s new Education Building at 5685 W. Hill Road in Decatur. 

Photographers must arrive early enough to be set up and ready to begin shooting sharply at 10 a.m.

There will be 3 photographers to a group.

Each group will get precisely 15 minutes to photograph each owl species.

There will be a 5 minute period between shoots for the photographers to rotate and reset their cameras for the next species.

The session will end promptly at 11 a.m.

Proceeds from the photography session will benefit the Illinois Raptor Center.

Cost is $100 per photographer.

There is a limit of 9 photographers. Registration is required by Thurs., Oct. 25.

Please register at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling (217) 963-6909.


Owls of Illinois Program

When:  2 - 3 p.m.

Description:  This fun and educational program will introduce its audience to a live Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl and the two color morphs of Screech Owls in just one hour.

Learn how to identify these beautiful native species and where they live here in Illinois.

Cost: $10 per adult, $5 per child 16 and under, children 6 & under free.

Register at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling 217-963-6909.


Illinois hunting and fishing

Owl Prowl

When:  7 - 8 p.m.

Description:  Hike with Jack Nuzzo and “Octavius”, the IRC’s Wildlife Ambassador Barred Owl, down to the Sangamon River to call in the local barred owls.

The hike will start at the Illinois Raptor Center Education Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Wear weather appropriate clothing and bring your flashlight.

Cost is $5 per person. No registration necessary.


The Illinois Raptor Center is located at 5695 W. Hill Road, Decatur, IL 62522

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