Woodcock Nature Center is holding a nighttime fundraiser with an unusual treat for attendees–guests will be treated to a short night hike and a rare opportunity to learn about and get up close to Woodcock’s resident great horned owl, Hooty.

Nature-lovers are invited to Hikes, Hops & Hooty on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.. This spring mini-fundraiser will support Woodcock’s resident animals which include five non-releasable birds of prey (a broad-winged hawk, a red-tailed hawk, a great horned owl, and two barred owls), as well as 30 teaching animals which include frogs, turtles, lizards and snakes.

Guests will gather by the fire in Woodcock’s picturesque pavilion for a hearty bite to eat and some craft beer from Nod Hill Brewery before setting out on the trails in search of wild owls. Attendees will learn more about birds of prey before having an unforgettable close-up encounter with Hooty, Woodcock’s resident great horned owl.

“Our animal educators are essential. They help our naturalists teach about habitats and animal behavior and they act as ambassadors at local schools. It costs us more than $15,000 per year to care for all our teaching animals which includes veterinary care, food and maintenance of their environments,” says Woodcock’s executive director Lenore Herbst. “We hope everyone will join us on June 6 to meet Hooty and support our work in the community, which is facilitated by these amazing creatures.”

Registration for Hikes, Hops & Hooty is required; the cost to attend is $40 per person (21 and over) and includes light food and drink. Visit the Woodcock Nature Center website for more info and to register for the event.

Special thanks to trail sponsors Outdoor Sport Center and Ridgefield Pediatrics.