Presence of researchers working on the Barn Owls at the Castle - Château de Vullierens

News Presence of researchers working on the Barn Owls at the Castle

The owls, between myths and realities

Depending on the times or countries, owls have aroused antagonistic emotions. In Greek mythology, the owl is associated with the goddess Athena and evokes wisdom and clairvoyance. Later in Europe, or even today in some countries, owls inspired fear. But who are they really? A team of researchers from the University of Lausanne has been studying the Barn Owl for about twenty years. Studies on this owl have shown extraordinary social behaviour and exceptional abilities.

Discover the fascinating life of these owls through a small exhibition at the Château, and in more depth with the research team on the following dates:

Sunday 09 May 10am-6pm / Mother’s Day

The owl, a mother hen? For Mother’s Day, come and talk about “eggs” with scientists working on the Barn Owl. Based at the University of Lausanne, this research group will present the role of mother owls, in particular the laying of eggs and certain behaviours specific to females. In order not to disturb these wild animals, there will be no real owls, but you will be able to admire real eggs!

  • Learn how to determine the age of a barn owl egg
  • Compare Barn Owl eggs to 20 other Swiss bird species
  • Discover the intriguing behaviour of some female owls using GPS devices on their backs

Sunday 06 June 10 am – 6 pm

For the special “Barn Owl” day, come and discover this owl in the company of biologists from the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Lausanne. They will be on hand to present this little-known bird to the general public. There will be no real owls, in order to respect this wild animal, but various activities will be held in the gardens of the Castle.

  • A special “Barn Owl Habitat” rally in the gardens
  • Thematic guided tours at fixed times
  • Origami and other games about the Barn Owl