Beaver Creek Valley State Park is host to many birds during the year, but one that has an intelligent reputation is the owl. Is it deserved? Come out to the park on Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. to find out more about these interesting birds.

Meet at the picnic shelter for a presentation on the owls within the state and especially those making their homes in southeastern Minnesota. Many owls live within the boundaries of Beaver Creek Valley State Park and throughout the Bluffland area.

Find out which ones live in our own backyards. Participants will also get a chance to learn their calls so they can recognize them at night when they can't be seen. Then, take a hike with the naturalist and practice listening to the newly learned calls to see if they answer back. Bring flashlights if possible. Naturalists are also asking that pets be left at home for this program.

Directions to the park from I-90, take State Highway 76 south for 24 miles, then take Houston County 1 west for 4 miles. The event is free, but a state park vehicle permit is required and can be purchased that evening. Daily permits are $5 and annual permits are $25. For more information, one may call Mike at (507) 643-6849 or email