Come join Fran Zygmont as he provides a program about owls in our region including some personal, entertaining stories about searching for owls. He’ll cover the owls one would expect to see in Connecticut’s habitats along with some tips to optimize the chances of having one vocally respond, or if lucky enough, actually see one. Fran will also cover the do’s and don’ts of looking for owls to both protect their existence while giving you a chance to enjoy them in the wild.
Fran is past President of the Audubon Council of Connecticut and Litchfield Hills Audubon Society. Currently he is on the Board of Directors for Aton Forest, Inc. of Colebrook. Aton Forest owns and protects over 1400 acres and preserves the land for ecological research started by the late Dr. Frank Egler. Fran has led many bird walks and trips over the past 25 years and continues with a focus on education and sharing the enjoyment of birds based on his extensive knowledge of birds in Connecticut with focus on bird migration, owls, and bird song. A superb bird call imitator, Fran can imitate songs and calls of more than 40 common and uncommon birds in our region. Fran has participated in many bird censuses and competitions including the New Jersey World Series of Birding and currently holds the Connecticut State Big Day birding record (with a team of five known as the “Raven Lunatics”) with 193 species in a 24-hour period.