Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Owl Prowl

Enjoy Owl Prowl.
Enjoy Owl Prowl.

What is the Owl Prowl?

What is the Owl Prowl? It’s a chance to hear an interactive presentation about owls and to take part in a night-hike owl ‘hoot.’  This year the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation is sponsoring the live owl presentation.

Some people have seen and heard Eastern Screech Owls during this distinctive and educational evening event.

Each year Ausable Bayfield Conservation hosts an Owl Prowl at Morrison Dam Conservation Area Workshop, 71108 Morrison Line, 2 km east of Exeter, just south of Highway 83.

Take some time to turn off the televisions and computer devices and step out into the fresh air to enjoy nature and listen for owls. This is not some strange ritual. It’s the Owl Prowl.

Hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations through engaging multimedia presentations and this moonlit guided hike to call for owls.

Organizers call the event an evening of nature and fun.

The date for the 2018 Owl Prowl is Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Admission cost: No cost. Freewill donations welcome. 

Where:   The annual Owl Prowl is to take place at Morrison Dam Conservation Area Workshop. It is located two kilometres east of Exeter, just south of Highway 83, at 71108 Morrison Line.

Please contact us for more information: 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610

You may also contact us through our contact form feedback form or staff contacts page.

  • Free.
  • Space is limited.
  • Please dress for the weather.
  • Please leave your pets at home.
  • Some families may want to come to earlier session.
  • We welcome freewill donations to conservation education programs.

Birds of the Watershed 

Owls make appearance at Owl Prowl event at Morrison Dam

About 200 people called for owls, learned about these nighttime creatures; Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation sponsored; Conservation Halton brought live owls 

About 200 people attended the popular annual Owl Prowl on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter. Those who took part met live owls brought in from Conservation Halton’s Mountsberg Raptor Centre. Most of the people on the night hike also saw or heard local owls, such as Eastern Screech Owls, in their natural habitat, in the woods at the conservation area. People came from as far away as Dundas and Port Elgin for the event.

There were two 90-minute sessions held with a talk about owls and a night hike ‘hoot.’ Ausable Bayfield Conservation educators provided short talks about these amazing nighttime animals. Many of those who took part dissected pellets and had their picture taken with Otis the Owl (a human-sized costumed owl). Many took part in night hikes, with the educators, to call in and look for owls that live in Morrison Dam Conservation Area.

“This event is so much fun – it is a great chance for young people and the young at heart to learn about owls,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation Educator. “Many people have never had this kind of opportunity which gets the family outside and active in the early evening.”

People in attendance learned that the loss of habitat is resulting in the decline in owl populations but they also heard what they can do to help owls by building nesting boxes and planting trees. 

Special thanks go to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation for sponsoring the event, according to organizers.

Hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations over the years through engaging multimedia presentations at this yearly moonlit guided hike to call for owls. To learn more, contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email


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