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4-H Creates Barred Owl Habitats

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. – 4-H members from surrounding counties are gearing up, with the help of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and local educators, to learn about owls and to create habitats for these fascinating birds.  This virtual program will begin on Tuesday, March 16, with Wendy Martin, Science Education Outreach Director from Elizabethtown College, leading members in owl pellet dissection.  On Wednesday, March 17, Whitney Smith, 4-H Extension Educator in Cumberland County, will guide the members in the assembly of a Barred Owl nesting box.  Thursday, March 18, the program will commence with PA Game Commission wardens, Tim Wenrich and John Fetchkan, educating the members on owls, their habitats, their feeding, and their behaviors. Participants will be working hard, hands-on, inspecting owl pellets to determine the owls’ prey, constructing their owl boxes and placing them in the appropriate areas. 4-H participants will also be able to ask questions of the experts in the field. Pennsylvania 4-H Wildlife Programs introduce major groups of wildlife, the animals’ basic needs, and where the animals can be found.  By working through the projects, members become more aware of the animals around them and the signs and clues they leave behind. For more details contact Whitney Smith at w.smith@psu.edu.
 
Administered through Penn State Extension, 4-H is a community of more than 6 million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H is found in all 67 Pennsylvania counties. County 4-H educators work with volunteers to deliver non-formal education opportunities to youth ages 5-18. To find your local program, visit the Penn State Extension website at https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h.

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