Owl Hootenanny celebrates magical and elusive creatures

Event at North Chagrin Nature Center in Willoughby Hills

Owl Hootenanny celebrates magical and elusive creatures
The North Chagrin Nature Center will host its annual Owl Hootenanny Jan. 20. Visitors will learn about the different species of owls up close. (Michael Dakota)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Metroparks Owl Hootenanny is expected to be the biggest event at North Chagrin Nature Center this year.

Naturalist Natalie Schroder estimated 1,800 people will attend the three hour event at the North Chagrin Nature Center in Willoughby Hills.

“I wanted to celebrate these owls, there’s just something really elusive, yet magical about owls,” Schroder said.

The Owl Hootenanny

The North Chagrin Nature Center is the permanent home to several owls that could not be rehabilitated.

The Owl Hootenanny will feature three talks from three agencies, including Lake Metroparks, the Medina Raptor Center, and Harvey Webster of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The talks will be followed by hikes that will be led by naturalists who can instruct visitors on how to spot owls in the winter. Visitors will also have the opportunity to dissect owl pellets.

The Owl Hootenanny is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Chagrin Nature Center in Willoughby Hills.

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