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Explorit Digs into Burrowing Owls

This article appeared in the January 25, 2019 edition of the Davis Enterprise.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


They’re tiny, standing only about six to nine inches tall. Their large yellow eyes are constantly on the look-out for a tasty frog or mouse. And their feathered silhouettes used to be found all around Davis’s less developed fringes.


Burrowing owls have long been favorites among local wildlife admirers, but increased urban development in recent years has limited their available habitat. Come learn more about these amazing animals for an afternoon of family science fun with Explorit.


Join us on Saturday, January 26 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. for Explorit's Burrowing Owl presentation with a talk from Dr. Janet Foley and fun owl crafts! This event is great for young kids and families. Dr. Foley’s talk is free and open to the public.


Janet Foley is a veterinarian and disease ecologist who studies the ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases in animal and human populations. She has a PhD in the ecology of infectious diseases (UC Davis, 1995) and a DVM (UC Davis, 1993), emphasizing medicine of small animals, laboratory animals, and wildlife. Her research interests are granulocytic anaplasmosis, Lyme disease and plague, ticks, mange mites

and small mammals.


Janet is a mom of two children and a myriad of pets, notably Cassidy and Misty the dogs, Pascal, Jack, Panda, Cal, and Linda the cats, turtles, a cockatiel and chickens. She likes to read, hike, work and travel.



Explorit’s coming events:


●      Visit Explorit’s latest exhibition, Earth Explorations. Explorit’sExploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free.

●      Join Explorit and the American Association of University Women for An Evening Celebrating Women in STEM on Tuesday, January 29 at 6:15 p.m. at Da Vinci Charter Academy (1400 E. 8th St. in Davis), a relaxed evening for students and their families to meet women in STEM careers. Please RSVP at

●      Consider a donation to Explorit. Now more than ever, we need science education. Your donations help Explorit serve our community with exhibits, activities and educational outreach programs in 15 surrounding counties. Sponsor a program or summer camp scholarships by making a gift at, or call us for more details.

●      Looking for that perfect gift?  Give the gift of science with a membership to Explorit and also gain free access to hundreds of science museums across the nation. For more information or to purchase or renew your membership online visit or call Explorit at 530-756-0191. For a list of participating museums across the nation visit

●       Explorit’s Nature Bowl Team is seeking new recruits for the 2019 competition. Third through sixth graders are welcome to join us for the first meeting on Thursday, October 4 at 3:45 p.m. at Explorit. To register, call 530-756-0191.

●      Be an informal science educator for a day! Explorit is looking for volunteers to accompany our educators into classrooms during the day and assist with presenting hands-on science to school children. If this sounds like you, please fill out a volunteer application at



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at


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