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Breakfast with the Owls

Join us for a

Breakfast with the Owls

to raise funds for the next step toward the future home of the International Owl Center.

8:00 - 12:00 AM Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church (210 S Chase St, Houston, MN)

 $75/person or $600 for a table of 8

Houston, Minnesota is home to the only all-owl education center in the United States, the Root River Trail, beautiful wooded hillsides filled with owls and other birds, and some fantastic food producers of whom you may not be aware. This mouth-watering meal will introduce you to more of what makes the Owl Center proud to be located in this rural and wild area.

The locally sourced menu includes:

Buckwheat Buttermilk Pancakes with Real Maple Syrup or Sugared Strawberries

Crustless Quiche with Roasted Asparagus (gluten-free)

Wild Boar Bacon

Uhu Brew Coffee

Ingredients are sourced from:

-Buckwheat and white flour, grown locally and ground at Schech's Mill, which still operates with its original 1876 equipment

-Ethan's Eggs

-Goat buttermilk, asparagus, and cheese from Kara Kahl Farm, Marge Kitchen and Karyl Dronen

-Cheese from Capra Nera Creamery

-Maple syrup from Pat McAndrews and Lane Zaffke

-Uhu Brew Coffee from Carlson Roasting Company

-Wild boar bacon from Buffalo Gal

-Strawberries from Wold Strawberry Farm in Spring Grove, MN

-Milk from Kappers' Big Red Barn

Thank you to Karen Bingham for additional food sponsorship.



8:00 AM   Photo opportunities with live owls

8:30 AM   Family-style meal

9:15 AM   Medley of owl programs

9:30 AM   The Owl Center story

10:00 AM  Live auction with Pete Peterson

11:00 AM  "Owls Through the Ages" program


Bring your wallet so you can participate in the live auction. All funds raised will be used for acquisition of the Owl Center's future site, so be generous for this great cause!

Auction items will include:

Sushi making lessons for up to eight people at the home of Carol Hanson in New Brighton, MN. Carol's mother began Fujiya, the first Japanese restaurant in Minnesota, in 1959 and Carol ran it from 1988-2014.


Full-size owl quilt and owl pillowcases made and donated by the Iris Garden Club


Small owl quilt made and donated by Cindy Rosch of Madison


Three owl wines donated by Randy and Annie Siler


Kids owl backpack from the Italian Owl Festival filled with books, a game, a puzzle, and plush (donated by Ann and Mike Markegard)


A custom scratchboard portrait of an animal or pet of your choice by Owl Center Educator Jo Severson


Autographed framed 8x10 photo of Minnesota Viking's star wide receiver Stefon Diggs (#14)


A day in the field with Denver Holt at the Owl Research Institute in Charlo, Montana

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Two tickets to the Cubs vs. Brewers game at Wrigley Field on Friday, September 8 at 1:20 PM (Aisle 215, Row 2, Seats 3 &4) donated by Alan Stankevitz and Jo Hidaka


A morning at the Valley of the Goats during the International Festival of Owls in rural Houston, including breakfast, time with Owl Festival speakers, and playing with baby goats

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Two places at the table at the special guest dinner at Ron and Rae Evenson's the Thursday evening before the International Festival of Owls


Two tickets to Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, MN (donated by Houston Dental Clinic)


Chocolate bourbon pecan pie made by Sue Fletcher, Owl Center educator (photo of the pie still in the ingredients stage)


Kahlua brownies on an owl plate made by Jo "Cookie Jo" Hidaka, awesome Owl Center volunteer


Silk owl scarf made by Elizabeth from Latvia, donated by Josie Siler


Tea Basket donated by Barista's Coffee House


Everyone who attends will get to select a piece of children's owl artwork from around the world to take home as well as a collectible Owl Festival glass.


Cost to participate in this morning of feathers, fine dining, fun, and fundraising is $75/person or $600 for a table of 8. Click here to register online (no additional fees for online registration.)

Our Mission

The International Owl Center advances the survival of wild owl populations through education and research. We plan to accomplish our mission through biological and cultural programs and displays, green building design, citizen-science and other research, international exchange of information, the World Owl Hall of Fame, the International Festival of Owls, and other means.

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