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Hold on to your ornithological binoculars bc it’s OWL FESTIVAL WEEKEND IN QUECHEE, Y’ALL

That’s. Right.

We know that you are all owl fans here at UV INDEX due to our unusually prevalent coverage of the Strigiformes, so you’re probably already done polishing your owl pins and headed to the dry cleaners to pick up your owl hats, but just in case you lost track of the date while catching up on all the latest owl news, let us remind you: Bigger than Coachella, bigger than Sundance, bigger than Oktoberfest … The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is hosting its annual Owl Festival on Saturday and Sunday. YEAH!

For a ticket price of $13 (ages 4-17 and 62+) to $15 (adults), you can …

  • Gather with live owls from all over the world
  • Hear their ~*~* life stories *~*~
  • Create crafts
  • Learn about current owl research and VINS owl rehab projects
  • Get yer face painted
  • Eat some food
  • Wear some costumes

VINS is located right off of Route 4 in Quechee.

Very devastatingly, I cannot make it to Owl Festival this weekend, because I have a prior commitment to do boring adult stuff. If you go, let me know what you thought — and maybe send a pic or two! — at mcassidy@vnews.com.

A barred owl is photographed in Epping, N.H., in March 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Casey)

Time for this week to get a mooo-ve on

‘Fwd: Urgent: Loose Alpaca in town — Report to Town Police’

An alpaca stares through the fence at Equinox Farms on Jewett Road in Hopkinton, N.H., on Dec. 6, 2017. (Concord Monitor photograph)

A pretty straightforward email alert from the police department in Springfield, N.H.:

There has been a loose Alpaca in town, missing from the owner since Feb. 13th. May be in the area of Fox Stand/Main St. area. Please call the Springfield Police at 603-763-3100 if seen.

So, ya know, BOLO.

p.s. Perhaps that alpaca had a little llama inspiration.

Penguins are collecting Valentines and my heart can’t take it

Tell me this isn’t the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!

Although the birds are often monogamous, they don’t usually share their red felt with each other. Instead, they typically go home, tear up the present, and wait for one of their peers to admire their handiwork.

As the resident crazy penguin lady, I audibly gasped when I came across this article. What do I have to do to get one of these?!