“Meet the Owls” at Stage Nature Center in Troy April 29

“Meet the Owls” at Stage Nature Center in Troy April 29


TROY, MI – The Stage Nature Center staff and volunteers have been busy acclimating the five (5) new owls at the nature center.  The owls have been placed in a private, temporary location and have not been available for public view, until now. The public will get their first opportunity to meet all five (5) of the owls at the “Meet The Owls” event scheduled for Sunday, April 29th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm.  The cost to attend the event is $10, $15 or $20 depending on the attendees desired support level.

At this owl presentation and fundraiser, the public will learn fun facts about each of the owls, discover their personalities and hear each of their stories on how they ended up in captivity. There will also be a silent auction at the fundraiser, in which 100% of the proceeds will go back into the care & permanent shelter of the owls.

The nature center is offering three admission ticket levels, with all proceeds going directly towards shelter, food and medical care for the owls:

Screech-Owl Supporter | $10 per ticket: This admission level will provide 2 weeks worth of food for one of our smallest owls, Mort and Rito, the Eastern Screech-Owls.

Great Horned Owl Supporter | $15 per ticket: This admission level will provide 1 week worth of food for our largest owl, Autumn, the Great Horned Owl.

Barred Owl Supporter | $20 per ticket: This admission level will provide 2 weeks worth of food for one of our Barred Owls, Sam and Arguile.

Each attendee must register and pay their desired support level, and in return will receive a printed profile of the owl represented in their admission level. Printed owl profiles will be distributed at the event.

All five owls that are now under the care of the Troy Nature Society and Stage Nature Center, are non-releasable to the wild due to injuries and illness that occurred while they lived in the wild. They were given to OBC from wildlife rehabilitators and other organizations when it was determined that they could not be returned to the wild. Most of them have been educational ambassadors for OBC for five (5) years or more. As such, these owls are already trained to participate in nature-related programs at Stage Nature Center once they go through a brief adjustment period at their new home.


The Stage Nature Center is actively recruiting volunteers to help with the care of the owls, along with the other animals that live at the Stage Nature Center.  All interested parties should directly contact Christina Funk, Assistant Naturalist at (christina@troynaturesociety.org).


Sponsorship opportunities to directly benefit the owls have also been established.  Currently, the Stage Nature Center is accepting Gold sponsorships at $500 per year, Silver sponsorships at $250 per year, Bronze sponsorships at $100 per year and Community Supporter sponsorships under $100 per year.  Watch the SNC website and the SNC Facebook page for details and sponsorship application information.


Local Boy Scout Wyatt Lucas, Troop 1036 is raising money to assist the Stage Nature Center in caring for the five (5) live owls and to construct a permanent Owl House on the grounds of the nature center.  Wyatt is collecting returnable bottle & can donations in support of the owls. Wyatt has also launched a facebook fundraiser to collect monetary donations. His goal is to raise $10,000 through general fundraising and the bottle drive. Wyatt has already raised over $1,200 for the owls in just over 2 weeks!

The dates for the can & bottle drive drop off is April 14th and 21st between 9am-6pm.  The drop off location is at:  5612 Fawn Court, Troy, MI 48098. Please drop off only “returnable” bottles & cans. Wyatt has offered to pick up bottles from donors if necessary.  Please see the fundraiser page on facebook by searching for “Wyatt’s Fundraiser for Stage Nature Center” or by friending “Wyatt Lucas” (look for the owl pic!) or email Wyatt directly at  wyattwilliamlucas@aol.com.

The Troy Nature Society is a nonprofit organization operating the educational nature programs and activities at the Stage Nature Center, a 100-acre preserve located in Troy.  The society’s mission is to provide resources and education to inspire the appreciation and preservation of nature.

For further information on this non-profit organization, programs or events please visit www.stagenaturecenter.org or call (248) 688-9703.


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