FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 20, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

“Owls of New Jersey” Is First Program in Trailside’s
New Winter Series for Adults, Feb. 9


MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal are pleased to announce a new series of programs for adults at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. “Audubon Lecture: Owls of New Jersey” is the first of the Winter 2012 Adult Program Series. This lecture, for adults 18 and older, will run on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 7-9 p.m. The fee is $8 per person for Union County residents and $10 per person for out-of-county participants. Pre-registration is required.

“Trailside’s Winter Adult Program Series offers a unique opportunity for residents to learn new and interesting facts on a myriad of nature-related and historical topics,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Audubon Lecture: Owls of New Jersey, the first topic in the series, is sure to be an informative and engaging program.”

Owls are among our most fascinating wildlife. There are eight species of these raptors living in New Jersey, four of which commonly nest in the Watchung Reservation. Dorothy Smullen, teacher/naturalist with the New Jersey Audubon Society will present an illustrated program that explains the adaptations that make these birds successful hunters. The audience will have an opportunity to view mounted specimens, listen to owl calls and learn to identify their pellets.

For additional information about the Audubon Lecture: Owls of New Jersey, or other programs for adults or special events at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside.  Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

A Barred Owl is one of the owls that will be discussed during the program for adults, “Audubon Lecture: Owls of New Jersey” at Trailside Nature & Science Center on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 7-9 p.m. The fee for this program is $8/person for Union County residents and $10/person for out-of-county residents. Pre-registration is required. For information on this lecture, call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


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