Year-round residents, owls don’t mind cold weather. They get busy just after dark. The twilight hours after sunset and before dawn are the best times to encounter them. They like trees, work quietly, see in the dark, hear like the devil, fly fast and silent, and have a crushing grip.
This winter the South Shore chapter of Mass Audubon organized a series of “owl prowls” to introduce people to these unique hunters and the conservation lands where they live in towns such as Rockland, Scituate, Kingston, the Myles Standish State Forest, and Weymouth’s Great Esker Park.
As the sun set on a day of thaw last month at Great Esker Park, volunteer Allan Greenberg gathered a dozen participants inside a park gate. The park trail ran along the scenic Back River where ducks swam and dove. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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