The InCulture Owl Hike

from Huu-hu-huhu-huu to Ku-witt

Most nature lovers are familiar with the owl, even if they rarely travel in the forest. The film star among the birds is famous for his distinctive scream, which in many thrillers gives the images of silent cemeteries and dark forests a suitable atmosphere.

Together with a forester who leads the hike, the participants can experience the nocturnal animal acoustically.

The forest owl begins approx. 20 minutes after sunset with the foraging and has adapted in its long development perfectly to life at night – with his grey-white-brown feather-dress he lives perfectly camouflaged in the natural caves of the forest, preferably in old tree-holes.

The forest owl is therefore almost unrecognizable in its seat in the tree. But as soon as the first screams have been heard, the participants will follow them as far as possible and search the trees with eyes.

In 2017, the forest owl (Strix aluco) was voted Bird of the Year. It has been protected since the 1980s.

The night calls, the sight in almost total darkness and the silent flight inspire many people. Owls orient themselves acoustically, through 3-dimensional hearing. Their calls are like bearing transmitters that reflect. You could almost say owls see with their ears. Because they don’t always sit at the height of their eyes. What is astonishing about this wonderful bird is that one ear sits higher than the other, which is why the owl recognizes exactly whether a sound is heard above or below it. 

The population in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is, for example, stable at approx. 4000 breeding pairs. Unfortunately, this wonderful creature is often a victim of traffic, because motorists drive across the country at night with high beam and higher speeds and do not consider that the animals inhabit the forests and not the people. Other sources of danger are thin fences that are not detected in time and fireplaces without protective grilles, which are thought to be sleeping caves and can become a death trap.

Fortunately, many people are already committed to the protection of nature and species and InCulture also wants to make its contribution.

By the way, the Kauz, as it is often called here, is not only at home in the forest, but now also in cemeteries and in parks. 

The owl is considered a symbol of wisdom and enlightenment and has accompanied the goddess Athena. He became a lucky charm and death messenger at the same time in the Middle Ages. In the art of healing, he is a popular coat of arms bird and patron of the exuberant drinking art. 

 

Come with us on a search for traces of the popular forest owl!

At the end of the guided hike, all participants meet at the agreed destination and enjoy the end of the evening in a convivial round with food and drink by the luminous campfire or in the warm room.

Participation fee: 80 €

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Conditions of participation



1. Participation is possible for all citizens and guests.

2. Children up to 16 years only accompanied by parents or persons entitled to supervise.

3. To participate in the Owl hike a registration is required.

4. The number of participants is limited for organizational reasons. Without registration, participation in the competition is not possible. Timely registration is recommended for a start authorization.

5. By registering, the participant and, if applicable, participants accept the conditions of participation and legal regulations.

6. Families, couples or small groups receive only one (!) registration.

7. The participation fee is 10 €. Participants will be given an additional voluntary donation towards the initiative InCulture at the end of the hike.

8. The participants are obliged to maintain order and security independently.
In particular, the rules for staying in the forest must be strictly observed.

9. Dogs are only leashed at the event and are not allowed to participate in the event if there is no interference or danger. The liability lies with the dog owner.

10. The Owl hike is an outdoor event. The organizer reserves the right to cancel the event in the event of officially confirmed notification and warning of weather disasters and their effects at short notice.

11. The personal suitability of the hike lies in the assessment of the participant himself!

12. The participant is responsible for his equipment and meals!



Expiration


1. The hike starts at dusk around 6:00 pm.

2. The hike does not take longer than 2 hours.

3. After the hike there is food and drink at the campfire.

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