Howell Living History Farm’s 2018 “Naturally Friends” wildlife series will open on Thursday, March 15, when Mercer County Wildlife Center Director Diane Nickerson presents “An Evening of Owls,” a program about some of New Jersey’s most important raptors.
Held inside a barn similar to ones where owls can sometimes be found, the family-oriented event showcases one of farmers’ best friends through a talk that includes an encounter with live owls. During the presentation, visitors will learn why owls (especially barn owls) are known for their exceptional hunting skills and their ability to control rodent populations. This presentation will teach guests the importance of the species and how we can help preserve the nesting sites essential for their survival.
The program is the first of the “Naturally Friends” series offered in 2018, which features presentations about the owls, swallows, bats and beneficial insects that farmers have relied upon for centuries to maintain balance in their barns, crop fields and pastures. The program will take place inside the farm’s heated 19th century barn from 7:30pm to 9pm.
The farm is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, seven miles north of Washington Crossing. The GPS destination for the Visitor Center is 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530. Parking and admission are free; donations are accepted in support of the “Naturally Friends” series and the farm’s other educational programs.
Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the “Naturally Friends” series and other farm programs, call (609) 737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org or www.mercercountyparks.org.