Are you filled with wonder when you see an owl? Have you ever gone searching for owls with friends and family? Maybe you’ve even glimpsed the shadowy form of a Great-horned Owl in the beam of your headlights as you traveled a back road at night?

If so, you may be surprised to learn that owls can be heard in most neighborhoods and backyards, even in Boston! And while owls can be found in most communities across Massachusetts, it’s important to know proper etiquette when actively looking for owls in your region. Here are 6 beginner tips for safe owling in your local woods, wetlands and conservation areas.