If you're in Kinsmen Park this week, you may find yourself face to face with a great-horned owlet!

A family of owlets has been seen stretching their wings and learning to fly in the park, giving residents a rare and beautiful sight.

Paul Aitken is one of many who has seen the owlets.

"I love going down to that park because it's just so nice, and it's such a nice place normally and then I just thought 'this is the coolest thing that there's this family of owls down there'," Aitken said.

Aitken added that the owlets have given him a greater appreciation for the things Strathmore has to offer.

"I'm out lots, so I can see these things, and I've come to appreciate just how neat this is, how nice the parks are. And that's just icing on the cake, you're just like 'that's a cool sighting'," he said.

While it can be exciting to see the owlets, bird expert and best-selling author Chris Fisher says it's important to be careful around them.

"Great-horned owls are known as the tigers of the forest. They can be quite protective and more than capable of defending themselves. You don't want to overly harass these curious youngsters because mom and dad may have alternative plans for you," Fisher said.

Fisher will be in Strathmore on June 17th as a part of the Vault's Cultural Collective's speakers series. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at The Vault Cultural Collective.

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