The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre are ready to kick-off another season.
© Times Herald photo by Nathan Frank.
One of the burrowing owls kept in captivity by the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre peaks out of his cage.
The centre is inviting families to come out to an opening day family barbecue on Saturday. The day will run from noon to 4 p.m., with tickets being $10 each or $35 for a family of five.
"It's kind of a family fun day," said Lori Johnson. "We are going to be having the bouncy castle, face painting, petting zoo and a craft table and of course the owls will be making an appearance as well.
Last year the celebratory kick-off saw 150 people attend and this year Johnson hopes they match or exceed that total.
The Interpretive Centre, which opened in 1997 and started in-house tours in 2005 looks to educate the public on the decrease in the population of the burrowing owl.
According to Johnson a combination of factors affect the population and well-being of the tiny owl.
"Habitat loss or fragmentation is definitely one of the bigger (problems), but with that comes a host of other problems," said Johnson. " Our cool, wet spring the last few years haven't helped either. It isn't beneficial for nesting."
Saturday's event won't have any formal presentations on the burrowing owl, but staff will still be available to answer any questions the public has about the bird.
Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.