Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Alice Goes to the Movies

Alice the Great Horned Owl, along with my husband Ken and I will be making an appearance at the movie theater in Winona, Minnesota this Saturday evening. What's the occasion? The movie "Hoot" is being released this weekend! In case you haven't heard about it, it's about some kids working to stop a development in Florida that would wipe out a colony of Burrowing Owls. It's based on the book by the same name. You can get full details and find educational material at the movie's website:

The main point of our visit is to raise awareness about owls in need of help, and to let people know what they can do to help owls. We will be getting materials from the folks at the Center for Biological Diversity. Check out the owl part of their website at

Anyone can volunteer to hand out information at the "Hoot" opener at their local theater. Contact the Center for Biological Diversity to have them send you materials ASAP if you'd like to participate.

Otherwise, Ken and I spent some time observing a wild owl nest in Rochester, MN last night. The family of three fledglings are just starting to leave the nest--there was one out and about and two still in the nest. Mom and the kid out of the nest were squawking back and forth, so that was interesting to hear.

Weird as it seems, I'm not a night owl, so I was thankful Ken drove home so I could sleep! (I normally start nodding off around 9:00 PM.)

Alice isn't getting much sleep during the day lately--too many school programs! So for everyone out there who thinks it's funny when I say Alice "works," realize that it is work to stay up when you should be sleeping! :-)

Have a Hoot this weekend.