Portneuf Valley Audubon Society to meet Nov. 15, field trip set for Nov. 17

November 12, 2018

POCATELLO – The Portneuf Valley Audubon Society presentation “Adventures Studying Flammulated Owls in Idaho’s Sublett Mountains” will be given by ornithologist Leon Powers at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Marshall Public Library Community Room.

Powers will talk about his past studies of the Flammulated Owl in Idaho’s Sublett Mountains. His book, “SEVEN SUMMERS: Adventures Studying Flammulated Owls in Idaho’s Sublett Mountains” will be available for purchase for $19 and for signing by Dr. Powers.

Powers, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. In addition to various biology courses he taught Birds of Prey classes for 30 years.

Currently, he is “Doc Hawk,” nature writer for Boy Scouts’ Boys’ Life Magazine, and is the author of the nonfiction books, “A Hawk in the Sun,” “Dead Owls Flying,” “The Forgotten Expedition,” and “Doc Hawk Stories for Everyone.”

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Flammulated Owls are a small owl of mountain pine forests and is common in scattered localities through the west. It has short, feathered ear tufts, dark eyes and is gray or brownish gray.

This owl eats very few vertebrates at all, and subsists nearly entirely on insects.

The PVAS monthly field trip is to the American Falls trout farm and will run from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 17. ISU Professor Emeritus Chuck Trost will lead a group to the trout farm to look at the group’s feeders, and to the Snake River to look for Loons and Scoters and whatever other birds cross their paths.

Plan to meet by the Idaho Museum of Natural History by the bison sculpture at 8 a.m. to carpool for the trip. Participants should dress for the weather and can bring a friend and some snacks. The trip will be done by noon.

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