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Staff and Board

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Executive Director – Karla Bloem, Houston, MN This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Board Chair – Nick Gau, Business Owner and Attorney, Rochester, MN
Vice Chair – William Christensen, Land Planning/Architecture/Development, Winona, MN
Treasurer – Patrick Forsyth, Certified Financial Planner, Houston, MN
Director – Andrea Lorek Strauss, Environmental Science Educator, University of Minnesota Extension, Rochester, MN
Director – Kevin Knutson, Houston City Council, Houston, MN
Director – Robert Carlson, Real Estate Broker, Houston, MN
Advisor – Dr. Wolfgang Scherzinger, Retired Bavarian National Forest Zoologist, Germany
Advisor – Russell Smith, Winona State University Marketing Department Chair, Houston, MN

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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