Bur­row­ing Owl Cen­tre fundraiser held at Ex­hi­bi­tion grounds

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Puzzles & Games - By Ron Wal­ter - For Moose Jaw Ex­press Pet­ting an owl

The 26th an­nual Bur­row­ing Owl Night at the Ex­hi­bi­tion grounds fea­tured fun and owls to raise money for the cen­tre.

Two of the dozen or so cap­tive owls at the Saskatchewan Bur­row­ing Owl In­ter­pre­tive Cen­tre (SBOIC) were taken through the au­di­ence of 160 peo­ple by their han­dlers.

Smiles lit up the faces of old and young alike, as they pet­ted the cud­dly lit­tle en­dan­gered species. The two owls they pet­ted were raised by hu­mans and are ac­cus­tomed to be­ing around peo­ple. The same owls are used by SBOIC’s ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram on tour at schools in south­ern Saskatchewan.

The night’s en­ter­tain­ment in­volved cheer demon­stra­tions by the 30-mem­ber all-girl In­fin­ity Cheer Ath­let­ics Team. Their cheer rou­tines and awe­some tum­bling wowed the au­di­ence. Ma­gi­cian, ven­tril­o­quist and co­me­dian Doug Ar­den per­formed on stage with au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The an­nual din­ner and auc­tion is part of the fund-rais­ing pro­gram to main­tain the cen­tre on the Ex­hi­bi­tion grounds.

The cen­tre was es­tab­lished in 1997 as a refuge for lost and in­jured bur­row­ing owls, and to pro­tect the few owls left in the city on the race­track in-field.

Since then, bur­row­ing owls, once com­mon in the north end of Moose Jaw no longer nest here, as their habi­tat has been de­vel­oped. Vis­i­tors to Moose Jaw used to drink cof­fee in the Her­itage Inn restau­rant and watch the owls on the strip of prairie be­tween the ho­tel and Main Street.

The Saskatchewan bur­row­ing owl pop­u­la­tion has de­clined by 94 per cent since the 1980s. The re­main­ing 500 to 800 pairs in this province rep­re­sent most of West­ern Canada’s 1,000 pairs.

Ron Wal­ter can be reached at ron­[email protected]­tel.net

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