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MPFN Internet Auction


Owl Foundation by Ken MacDonald, on Flickr
INTERNET AUCTION:
THE MIDLAND-PENETANGUISHENE FIELD NATURALISTS INVITE YOU TO BID ON AN INVITATION FOR FOUR PEOPLE TO A SPECIAL VIEWING OF THE OWLS AND FACILITIES AT THE ANNUAL OWL FOUNDATION TOURS
A 1 ˝ HOUR TOUR STARTING PROMPTLY
AT 3 PM, SAT. SEPT. 17, 2017
PLEASE DO NOT BRING GUESTS UNDER 8 YEARS OF AGE
Tours go rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. Umbrella’s cannot be used while touring.
Every year our club raises funds for the Owl Foundation at our Christmas Potluck. This year we raised $465 for the birds. In return the Owl Foundation sends us invitations to their annual Open House and we auction these off to raise money for the club. Everyone who has taken the tour comes back raving about this not-to-be missed experience.
The minimum bid of $30 on this item has been met. Please place your bids in $5 increments. Incoming bids will be recognized in the order that they come in. Email your bid to susan.ken.macdonald@gmail.com.
We will update this post periodically to let you know where the bidding stands. The auction will close on the evening of our June meeting, Thurs. June 15, 2017 7 PM.
The auction is open to MPFN members and non-members alike.
From the Owl Foundation website: "The Owl Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization that operates a centre for both the rehabilitation to release status of Canadian Owl species, and the behavioural observation of permanently damaged wild owls in a breeding environment. The foundation's founders, Katherine and Larry McKeever began working with injured owls in 1965. TOF became a registered charity in 1975.
Can I visit the facility? Yes and no. We are closed to the general public. We are, in essence, a hospital and as such, it is imperative that we keep human activity to a minimum. Remember that we house wild and injured owls - all of which are easily stressed. As well, these birds do not act naturally in the presence of people. This can disrupt both breeding and behavioural studies. Sponsors who donate $50.00 or more are invited to attend The Owl Foundation's Annual Sponsors' Tours in fall. Tours are given only in the autumn on pre-designated dates and times. They require scheduling in advance. Sponsors receive preselected dates and times via mail upon initial sponsorship and after renewal. Our primary concern is for the birds. Fall is the least stressful and disruptive time of year to view the owls as they are not breeding and relationship formation is minimal.
Can I come anytime during the autumn for a tour? Our Fall Tours are designed to make as little impact on the birds we house as possible. We set aside only two weekends every year for this event as a result. We cannot provide tours of the facility at other times during the fall."

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