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PEEC Owls & Guaje Overlook Hike Today!

on June 10, 2012 - 6:15am

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER News:

PEEC Offers Free Hike to Guaje Overlook

Guaje Overlook.  Courtesy photo by Stephen R. Lee

Today, June 10, Paul Arendt will lead a hike for PEEC to the Guaje Overlook. Hikers will meet at PEEC at 9 a.m. to carpool to the ski area for the hike of about 8 miles round-trip. 

Participants should bring a lunch and water, and dogs are welcome.

The Guaje Overlook hike goes through the beautiful Cañada Bonita area and beyond, offering views into the Valle De Los Posos, as well as pleasant, wooded trails.

The total elevation gain is around 500 feet. Hiking time to the Overlook is about 2.5 hours, with occasional stops along the way to enjoy views into the Valles de los Posos, Toledo and Grande.

Paul Arendt is an experienced hiker and a board member at PEEC. He’ll set a moderate pace for this hike, allowing everyone time to enjoy the views.

Those who prefer to meet at the ski hill can join the group at 9:30 a.m. at the west end of the ski hill parking lot.

This event is free, and no advance registration is required. 

Summer Family Evenings at PEEC Presents: Owls

Great Horned Owl.  Courtesy photo by Thomas Shankland

Join PEEC and the Santa Fe Raptor Center for an evening of owls Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. at PEEC, 3540 Orange St.

Participants will view live owls, learn owl calls, and take a walk to listen for owls on the trail.  

The event is free to PEEC members, and $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.

Laura Swartz from the Santa Fe Raptor Center will bring a Barn Owl, Saw-Whet Owl, and a Great Horned Owl to PEEC. 

She’ll share information about the owls—how they came to be educational birds, and what their lives would be like if they lived in the wild. 

Then, Dave Keller, LANL ecologist, will play owl calls so that participants can learn to recognize them. 

Finally, as dusk approaches, the group will walk down the trail next to PEEC to see if they can hear owls calling in the wild. 

The Santa Fe Raptor Center cares for injured birds in order to release them back into their natural habitat.

They focus on rescue, rehabilitation, and release of wild birds. 

Birds that cannot be released back into the wild become educational birds, inspiring appreciation, understanding, and respect for wildlife. 

All the proceeds from this evening’s event will be donated to the Raptor Center.

Don’t miss this chance to get up close to these beautiful birds. 

For more information on both events, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or e-mail Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.


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