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Owl monitoring project begins at Tryon Creek

Volunteers needed to help with project

The Friends of Tryon Creek will kick off its fourth annual Owl Monitoring Project with a lunch and a training session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 22. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Participants in this year’s monitoring effort will attempt to discover where Tryon’s owl species are nesting from December through April. The Owl Monitoring Project is a great opportunity to better understand the owls of Tryon Creek and increase knowledge of these amazing creatures.

Last year volunteers used owl vocalizations to map the locations of five different owl species. These monitoring efforts led to the discovery of two new breeding locations.

The Owl Citizen Science Project provides people with a chance to learn about scientific monitoring techniques, opportunities to connect with the park at night, and an intimate knowledge of Tryon’s resident owls. A typical outing would begin around 6 p.m., when the park starts to get dark. Project participants would divide into small groups that would hike along the trails until 8 p.m.

“It was a great experience to learn more about owls,” said Diane Quivey of West Linn. “I didn’t realize that there were so many in such a small area! It was exciting to be in the park at night with my group of three or four people, and waiting in the silence was amazing.”

Those interested in participating should visit tryonfriends.org or more information.

The Nature Center at Tryon Creek State Natural Area is located at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. in Portland.

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