In Tiverton, walk in swamp under full moon, call for owls

An eastern screech owl in February 2010 at the Audubon Society's Caratunk  
Refuge in Seekonk. An eastern screech owl in February 2010 at the Audubon Society's Caratunk Refuge in Seekonk.

An eastern screech owl in February 2010 at the Audubon Society's Caratunk  Refuge in Seekonk.

Eastern screech owl in February 2010 at Audubon Society’s Caratunk Refuge in Seekonk.

TIVERTON — Some people have always wanted to walk through a swamp in the woods under the light of a full moon in winter … and call for owls.

For them, a big chance is coming up Sunday evening, January 27.

That’s when the Tiverton Land Trust has invited the public to participate in what it’s calling a “Full Moon Trail Walk at Basket Swamp Preserve” off Cornell Road in Tiverton.

The event is organized by Wayne Browning, a member of the board of directors of the Land Trust. The walk will begin at 7 p.m. at the swamp preserve trailhead, marked by a sign on the right hand side of Cornell Road, about a quarter mile south of Bulgarmarsh Road.

“While we will try to walk the trails by the light of the moon, you should bring a flashlight,” Mr. Browning said. “The trails are level, dry and easy to walk, but this activity is not suitable for children younger than five years of age.”

The swamp trailhead is marked by a sign.

The walk is about a mile long, on a loop trail, and will take about an hour. “Dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear. If we are lucky, we may hear an owl or two,” Mr. Browning said. “We’re going to try to do most of it without using flashlights.”

Using an iPad and birding app., Mr. Browning said the swamp walkers “should have a good chance of calling in some owls.”

The most common type of owls found in the area, he said, are the Great Horned owl, the Barred Owl (whose call sounds like, “who cooks for you, who cooks for  you”), and the Eastern Screech Owl.

“If the sky is cloud-covered that night, we will try to reschedule later in the winter,” he said. The event has already been re-scheduled once, from Dec. 30.

Mr. Browning advises those interested to check the Land Trust Facebook page or call 401-816-0126 that day to find out if the walk is still on.

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