A presentation by Mark H.X. Glenshaw about Forest Park owls will take place at the monthly meeting of the Ozark Rivers Audubon Chapter of Rolla scheduled for Thursday May 9, at 7 p.m. in the Eugene Northern Hall, 400 West Fourth St. in Rolla.
Glenshaw will give a 30- to 40-minute presentation called “Forest Park Owls: Hiding In Plain Sight,” which will cover how he found these owls, basic facts about the species and the different behaviors he has been able to see and document with photos and videos to illustrate these behaviors.
You do not need to be a member to attend. All ages — even Harry Potter fans — are welcome.
Glenshaw is an award-winning, amateur naturalist who has closely observed and documented the lives of a mated pair of Great Horned Owls in Forest Park in St. Louis since December 2005.
During this time, he has observed and documented a vast range of behaviors including hunting, mating, nest-site selection and rearing of young. He shares his work on his blog, Forest Park Owls, http://forestparkowls.blogspot.com/
His work has been featured in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Magazine, KTVI Fox 2, The West End Word and Show-Me Missouri. He leads tours of the owls’ territory called owl prowls for interested individuals and small groups as well as for formal events and groups such as The St. Louis Bioblitz, Wonders of Wildlife-St. Louis, Missouri Department of Conservation and Washington University in St. Louis.
Glenshaw also gives talks on the owls and his work with them and has done so for St. Louis Audubon Society, the Webster Groves Natures Study Society, Missouri Nature & Environmental Photographers, and the Maplewood Public Library among others. He was awarded the Citizen Scientist Award for the 2006 St. Louis Bioblitz by the Academy of Science-St. Louis.
While this will be the chapter’s last regular meeting until Fall, the Audubon Trails Nature Center is open from dawn to dusk everyday, so people are still welcome to visit the center for a hike or leisurely walk.