In Valparaiso, more than 500 people are expected to attend the annual Festival of Owls hosted by Humane Indiana Wildlife Saturday, October 22, 2022 at the Porter County Expo Center, 9 am to 4 pm. Humane Indiana Director of Wildlife Nicole Harmon says the day-long family-friendly event features presentations from eight educators across the state. Sponsorships and tickets for the event are available at www.humaneindiana.org . Eight owl species are native to Indiana.
“Festival of Owls is Humane Indiana Wildlife’s most popular event and will attract more than 500 people from across the region. We encourage local businesses to select their sponsorship now,” said Harmon. Sponsorships range from $5,000 to $500 and are available at www.humaneindiana.org .
This year, Festival of Owls participants can meet owls representing all eight species native to the Hoosier state. Many of these owls are part of Humane Indiana Wildlife’s Ambassador Animal program. These previously injured or orphaned owls were rehabilitated by Humane Indiana Wildlife but cannot survive on their own and receive lifetime care at the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Valparaiso. Other birds of prey will also be present.
Festival of Owls will also feature a local artisan and vendor marketplace and an expanded kids’ activity and arts center, thanks in part to support from the Indiana Arts Commission.
Educational partners for the event include Indiana Audubon Society, Indiana Dunes State Park, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Hoots to Howls Wildlife Rehab, and Wildcat Creek Wildlife Rehab. Izaak Walton League, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Porter County Recycling, LaPorte County Soil and Water, and Art Barn will participate with booths and activities.
Tickets for the event are $25 for adults, $10 for children, and free for children ages 7 and under, and can be purchased at www.humaneindiana.org . Vendor booths are available online at www.humaneindiana.org . For questions, contact Humane Indiana CEO Brian Fitzpatrick via email or at 219-922-3811 x104.
Each year Humane Indiana impacts more than 25,000 animals and 50,000 people in northwest Indiana through the Humane Indiana shelter/adoption center, clinic, pet food/supply pantry, foster care, animal homelessness prevention initiatives, and wildlife rehabilitation center.