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Stillman Nature Center Executive Director Mark Speyer and a Stillman volunteer Pat Irvin came to Lacey Creek Supportive Living to teach us more about owls.

They brought four different owls: a screech owl, a barn owl, a barred owl, and a great horned owl.

During the visit, Pat brought each owl around the room, so residents and staff could get an up-close look at them.

Mark is incredibly knowledgeable about birds of prey, and we learned so many interesting facts from him. He told us a few jokes as well.

Our favorite was:

“What do you call rare bird poop? Endangered feces!”

We learned about life expectancy of owls, and how owls typically only lay one clutch of eggs per year. Owls have extremely large ears, and they rely on their excellent hearing, along with their vision, to help them hunt. Female owls are typically bigger than males, and even though some owls are quite large and have large wingspans, they might only weigh 1.5 to 3 pounds.

When Pat brought out the great horned owl, Mark told us they can see the length of three football fields!

We really enjoyed learning about owls and seeing them up close, and will definitely invite the Stillman Nature Center back again!

The Stillman Nature Center is a private, non-profit center for environmental education located on 80 acres of woods, lake and prairie in South Barrington, Illinois. Not only does Stillman have a variety of habitats which offer food, cover and nesting sites for wild animals, it is also home to a number of birds of prey. The birds of prey are injured and not able to be released into the wild and are housed at Stillman. They are used for educational programs and can be seen by the public when Stillman is open on Sunday.