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VINS announces owl festival events

Saturday, Sept. 18 — QUECHEE — Join the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) as it celebrates owls this fall. The annual owl festival will take place at VINS Nature Center in Quechee on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This much-loved annual event is one that the VINS community looks forward to each year, and the organization is excited to bring a day filled with adventure with live owls from around the world.

Leading up to Saturday’s activities, VINS will welcome biologist Jonathan Slaght, PhD., of the Wildlife Conservation Society, to talk about his years of work with Blakiston’s fish owls in the wilds of Russia. This virtual presentation will take place on Friday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. Dr. Slaght will discuss his graduate research in Eastern Russia’s Primavore region. Dr. Slaght will also share insights into the lives of these owls and their many roles, as hunters, parents, duet singers, and most of all, survivors facing extinction. This event is free, with a $10 suggested donation. Please register in advance at

Then, on Saturday, Sept. 18 come to VINS will hold a day of all things owly at the Nature Center. Gather with live owls from all over the world, discover their life stories, join in a craft, and play games. Spice up your experience by dressing as your favorite owl! You never know whooo you’ll run into. For more information visit

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