Free weekend for local residents at Houston’s International Owl Center

Residents of Winona, Fillmore and Houston counties, including college students, are invited to visit the International Owl Center in Houston for free on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18 and 19.

Four live ambassador owls work at the Center: Ruby the great horned owl, Uhu the Eurasian eagle owl, Piper the American barn owl and JR the eastern screech owl. Visitors will also find touchable wings and tails, nine species of extremely lifelike mounted owls, owl art from children around the world, skulls, eggs, cultural items from around the world and more. The gift shop is stocked with a wide variety of local, fair trade and other owl items. Trained staff present programs each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Houston community has gotten on the owl bandwagon too. Visitors may see 12 public owl sculptures located around town and Barista’s Coffee House is completely decorated with owls.

The center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students ages 4 to 17, and children 3 and under and members are free. More information is available at or by contacting the center at 507-896-OWLS (6957) or