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Nature Quest at Drowned Lands

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New York 1 hour

Great Horned Owl

What’s that hooting? That’s the sound of the great horned owl announcing its territory. Like all owls here in Columbia County, great horned owls are nocturnal. If you’re lucky you might spot one sleeping in a tree during the day but it’s more likely you will hear their calls as it starts to get dark! Their call is a series of deep soft hoots, “Hoo Hoo Hooo Hooooo.” Both males and females call, but the females have a higher pitch. The next time it’s getting dark outside, try calling back to owls you hear! Great horned owls get their name from the feather tufts, called plumicorns, on the top of their heads! They have large yellow eyes, with pupils that open widely in the dark, their eyes don’t move in their sockets, like ours, but they can swivel their head more than 180 degrees to look in any direction. Thank you for completing Nature Quest at Drowned Lands Swamp Conservation Area. Be sure to check out the rest of the Nature Quest tours at all CLC Public Conservation Areas. If you complete all Nature Quest trails, let us know to claim your prize. For more information visit

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