Owls of Colorado -- John Rawinski


Colorado Field Institute
 2013 Winter Lecture Series


 Owls of Colorado

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by John Rawinski


 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013 

Lecture Auditorium in School of  Business Bldg.

(on Richardson Ave, just north of planetarium)

Adams State University

Alamosa, CO

***[please note the lecture is not in Porter Hall this month]


John Rawinski will share his keen insight into the fascinating life and biology of these amazing creatures, with specific references to the San Luis Valley. The lecture will address the owl’s unique features and physiology that allow these predators to hunt and sense prey at night. Breeding season and owl predation will also be discussed as well as conservation measures needed to keep owl populations healthy. John has been doing this program throughout the state of Colorado for many years, from conventions to classrooms. John will also demonstrate and vocalize many of the owl’s calls. Come and enjoy this night for the owls.  


About the Speaker

John J. Rawinski has enjoyed the study of birds and birding since his early school days. The joy of birding began during a 6th grade school field trip to Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Massachusetts where a Northern Goshawk dove repeatedly at the students in the group. That incident made a lasting impression.

    Since that time, John has birded and done bird photography in South America, Mexico; and in North America from Alaska to Florida, Maine to California. He has been keeping bird records in the San Luis Valley for over 26 years.  

     The author has served on the Colorado Field Ornithologists Board of Directors and also for a term on the Colorado Records Committee. He serves as a committee member for the Colorado Important Bird Areas project, promoting the designation of many of the hotspots described in this guide as Important Bird Areas. John contributed to the first  Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas project. He has led field trips at the ABA Convention in Fort Collins, as well as many other local birding trips in the San Luis Valley. He has organized and led the Annual Spring Bird Count, now in its 18th season, as part of the International Migratory Bird day celebration in the San Luis Valley.  

     While he shares a love of all kinds of birds, he has specialized in the study of owls and has been co-author on a number of publications regarding Boreal Owls. He documented the first Boreal Owls in the San Juan mountains of southwest Colorado, and co-discovered the first record for Boreal Owl in New Mexico with his colleague and friend Dale Stahlecker.  

     John has been an active member of Colorado Field Ornithologists and has contributed articles to the journal over the years. He has presented numerous environmental education programs to school children, civic groups and organizations promoting the conservation and protection of owls. John is a retired soil scientist for the US Forest  Service and lives in the San Luis Valley with his wife Lisa and two daughters. 





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