Licensed raptor rehabilitator Mark Baker holds a Great Horned Owl.
Licensed raptor rehabilitator Mark Baker holds a Great Horned Owl.

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Owls are fascinating creatures, and it is a rare opportunity to be able to get close to one.

Live owls will be the highlight of the Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Owl Day on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mark Baker is a licensed raptor (bird of prey) rehabilitator. He will be at Owl Day with several of his owls that are unable to be released back into the wild. Visitors can see Baker and his owls and learn more during his presentations at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m.

Visitors can also learn about these silent hunters of the night with hands-on activities that demonstrate their unique hunting techniques. You can find out what they eat by dissecting an owl pellet and make an owl craft to take home.

You can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the nature center’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, Liberty, and discover how she is different from owls.

While you’re there, sign up to participate in an owl calling contest at 1 p.m. — and maybe you’ll win a prize!

Audubon’s Blue Heron Gift Shop will feature owl finger and hand puppets as well as related books for both adults and children. Young ones will be fascinated by Jennifer Keats Curtis’s “Baby Owl’s Rescue” and adults will find both “The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors and Barn Owls” by David Chandler of interest.

Admission is $8, $6 for Friends of the Nature Center and children 3-15, and free for children 2 and under.

Reservations are not required, except for Scouts who want to earn an Owl Patch by completing a minimum of four activities. Patches are $3 each and not included in the price of admission. Scout leaders can make reservations by calling (716) 569-2345 or reserving online by clicking through “Owl Day” at

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa.

For more information on these and all Audubon programs and opportunities, call (716) 569-2345 or visit