Give a hoot at annual Denver Audubon festival

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Mishaps with cars result in broken wings, ruptured eyes and other injuries for great-horned owls, according to a news release from Denver Audubon. Many of the birds cannot fully recover and become animal ambassadors for Denver Audubon, allowing for up-close encounters with the nocturnal hunters.

Community members will get a chance to see the owls during the Audubon Nature Center’s annual HOOTenanny Owl and Music Festival.

The 2019 festival has been extended to five days, starting Sept. 17 with a variety of events and nocturnal wildlife hikes throughout the week leading up to the main event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21.

The main HOOTenanny event is designed with all ages in mind. Local folk music performed by acoustic rock band Nearly There will surround the outdoor venue while partnering organizations such as Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Colorado Parks & Wildlife share educational owl activities.

Take home a hoot of a craft or sport your owl spirit with custom face painting, or show your artistic side and come dressed as your favorite Colorado owl for a chance to win prize giveaways. Check out owl hats, earrings, stuffed animals, vintage bird prints and other merchandise in the nature center gift shop.

Food will be available for purchase from the Migration Taco food truck, and Woodsy the Owl from the U.S. Forest Service will be available for photo opportunities.

The festival takes place at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Road, southwest of Littleton. Smaller workshops will sell out and registration is requested by visiting www.denveraudubon.org or by calling 303-973-9530.

Proceeds from this festival support educational programs and activities at the Audubon Center at Chatfield.

Founded in 1969, Denver Audubon is a local nonprofit organization, specializing in birding field trips for the metro-community, wildlife education and local conservation efforts. The organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

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