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Butterfly Conservatory brings 'Northern Owls' exhibit to the Falls

The Niagara Parks Commission starting this week will present “Northern Owls,” a travelling exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum that offers a look into the intriguing world of owls.

This family-friendly exhibit is the first of the commission’s planned Rooted initiatives, developed to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of both the Niagara and Ontario. It will run through April 17 at the Butterfly Conservatory, 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ont.

This exhibit features 11 specimens of Northern Owls and focuses on the fascinating and lesser-known aspects of owl behavior, biology and lifestyle. The exhibit will be presented in three sections: “Feathers”, “Hunters by Nature,” and “The Ultimate Northern Owl”, each filled with interesting and thought-provoking facts and anecdotes about these secretive birds.

To accompany the exhibit, the Butterfly Conservatory will also host live indoor and outdoor raptor displays featuring birds of prey provided by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy. The species of raptors on display will vary as the temperatures climb during the duration of the exhibit and may include the Great Horned Owl, Bald Eagle, Red Tailed Hawk, Snowy Owl, American Kestrel, Eagle Owl, Golden Eagle, Barn Owl and Peregrine Falcon.

The indoor live display will take place Feb. 25, March 4 and 25, and April 1 and 8.

A free outdoor display and demonstration will take place on Family Day Weekend, Feb. 18 to 20, as well as March 11-12, 15 and 18, and April 15 and 22.

The new exhibit is included with regular paid admission. For admission costs and more information, visit niagaraparks.com.

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