Nature's Valentines

Shake up your concept of “love birds” with the Leslie Science Center owl-themed programs this month. “We have every- thing from tiny Northern Saw- Whets to great horned owls,” says Francie Krawcke, Raptor Director at the Center. “Kids— and adults, who am I kidding — are always amazed at the way they move and how silent they are.” Kids ages 4 and 5 are invited to “Love Is in the Air,” a series of meetings that teach about these majestic creatures who mate for life through sto- ries, hands-on activities and a nature hike. “Whoo’s Your Val- entine?” uses the Center’s resi- dent barn owl and his perfectly heart-shaped face as inspiration for a craft session. And for 16- year-olds and up looking for a safe and affordable date night, the special “Owl Do I Love Thee – A Natural Romance” will feature a cozy fire, candle- light, chocolates, diversions, a self-directed lantern-lit poetry hike, and a special flight of the Center’s barn owl. "Love Is in the Air," $11 per session on Thursdays, February 7, 14, and 28 from 1-2:30pm; "Whoo's Your Valentine," $5, on Sunday, February 10 at 3pm; "Owl Do I Love Thee?," $15 per couple on Thursday, February 14 from 7-9pm. 1831 Traver Rd. 734- 997-1553.