Enjoy the great outdoors with your family by attending the Clermont Park District’s Winter Night Hike on Thursday, January 19, 2012. Join a park naturalist at 6:30 p.m. for a moonlight stroll along the trails of Shor Park, located at 4659 Tealtown Road in Union Township, OH. “This will be a fun discovery walk for the entire family,” said Clermont Parks’ Chief Naturalist Keith Robinson. “We will look for wildlife that is active in the cold winter air and we will be hiking with only the moon as illumination!”
Robinson said they will also play some recorded owl sounds, in hopes of spotting some native birds, including the Eastern screech, barn, barred, and great horned owls. “Not all owls hoot. In fact, many screech, whistle, bark, and even hiss,” said Robinson. “Owls are nocturnal hunters that prey on rodents, small, or medium sized mammals. They also eat fish and other birds.” He said barn owls can eat up to 1,000 mice each year; many farmers want barn owls in their fields, because they control the rodent population.