Tanglewood Tuesday: Meet Sophie the Great Horned Owl
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Meet Sophie, a Great Horned Owl you can find at Tanglewood Nature Center!
She is one of the longest animal ambassadors that Tanglewood has taken care of. Sophie also happens to be one of the largest birds of prey native to New York. While owls tend to be nocturnal, Sophie has changed her schedule to sleep at nights because of the programs that Tanglewood Nature Center puts on during the day. The staff also feeds her during the daytime.
Sophie's species gets their name from the tufts of feathers that sits on their heads. The feathers help her camouflage in the forest and are also used for intimidation. Sophie's ears are located inside her head, one higher up than the other.
"That helps her triangulate prey, helps her hear both above and below her while she's flying. It's a really cool adaptation," said Ryan Donnelly from the Tanglewood Nature Center.
Sophie is one of the animals you can find in Tanglewood Nature Center's museum Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the drop-in hours, Tanglewood Nature Center will provide multiple other activities for community members.
The last Tuesday of February, Tanglewood Nature Center is hosting their drop-in program. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Organizers say they will talk about fossils, invasive species and do a science project with interested kids.
The nature center is also planning a viewing party to watch the solar eclipse that is expected to pass through the Twin Tiers on April 8.
You can learn more about the Tanglewood Nature Center here.