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International Festival of Owls overcomes fear through exposure

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Houston, MN (WXOW) -

Sunday is the last day of Houston, Minnesota's International Festival of Owls, what organizers call the only one of it's kind in the world.

The annual festival features all things owl related, ranging from vendors selling merchandise to educational sessions with live owls.

People have opportunities to dissect and analyze owl pellets or learn ways to make environments more owl friendly.

One goal of the event is to help eliminate stigmas revolving around the birds that make some afraid.

"They don't know what owls are really there for and how they fit into the environment," Volunteer Coordinator for the International Festival of Owls Krisha Saxon explains.

"They think about, 'Oh gosh it's going to attack whatever I have around, they have that scary look on their face,' and really the Great Horned Owl is made that way, their bodies are just made that way there is nothing evil about them," Saxon concludes.

The 2018 festival may be finished but Houston's International Owl Center provides Owl education Friday through Monday, 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

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