Owl identification and myth-busting



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Craig Kesselheim will host a talk about owls on Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Southwest Harbor Public Library.

Owls — those mysterious, diverse, powerful and highly adapted birds — reside on Mount Desert Island and populate the world. Kesselheim will discuss which owls live here and how to identify them. He’ll also talk about owls’ many amazing adaptations and skills, while perhaps busting a few myths about this popular and elusive family of birds.

Kesselheim, a Southwest Harbor resident, has been a passionate birder for 45 years. He has lived in Wyoming, Arkansas and Maine, and has birded from north of the Arctic Circle to the Florida Everglades. His professional career as an educator includes middle school science teacher, Director of Education at Teton Science School, Tremont School principal and Senior Associate at Great Schools Partnership in Portland.

The afternoon will include hands-on activities with visual, auditory and online tools. Participants will hone their observation and listening acuity, examine some specimens on loan for the event, and learn how to contribute daily sightings via citizen science.

Contact the library at 244-7065, or visit swhplibrary.org.

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