`Scales & Tales' Sometimes as dusk nears, you can hear...

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July 27, 2000|By Tricia Bishop

`Scales & Tales'

Sometimes as dusk nears, you can hear their far-off hoots or maybe even catch sight of them as they launch into flight, but how often do you get to see owls up close? This Tuesday, as part of their "Scales & Tales" program, representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will appear at the Catonsville Library and bring along some unusual visitors, including an owl, a hawk and various reptiles.

Naturalists will introduce the animals and tell their stories in the hope that those in the audience will learn to understand environmental issues such as loss of habitat, pollution, resource management and promoting a healthy diversity of species. The presentation puts faces and feathers to the generic term "wildlife" and drives home the department's message: Maryland's wildlife is precious.

This particular performance focuses on "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," a section of "Scales & Tales" that deals with reptiles and birds and how people often learn to judge an animal's value by the way it looks. All wildlife serves a purpose, the program guide says, regardless of its ability to gross one out. Program registration required. 2 p.m., 1100 Frederick Road, 410-887-0951.

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