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January 24, 2013

Owl expert to speak Sunday

NEWBURY — Owl expert Norm Smith of Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Parker River Clean Water Association on Sunday at the Newbury Library on Lunt Street. The program is from 1 to 3 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The public is welcome.

Smith is a self-taught naturalist who has worked for the Massachusetts Audubon Society since 1974. He has studied birds of prey for over 35 years, including rehabilitating the injured and successfully fostering over 1,000 orphaned hawk and owl chicks into adoptive nests.

His ongoing long-term projects include trapping and banding migrating hawks and owls in the Blue Hills Reservation, banding nestling hawks and owls, and doing research on snowy owls and other raptors wintering at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

He has also traveled to Alaska to study snowy owls in their native tundra habitat. His research work has been published in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Yankee, Massachusetts Wildlife, Bird Observer, Birding, Sanctuary, Geo, Nature, Grolier Encyclopedia, Owls of the Northern Hemisphere and Owls of the World.

His mission is to use the information gathered from his research to stimulate a passion in everyone he meets to help us better understand, appreciate and care for this world in which we live.

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