Sunday, September 29, 2013

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Friend Program

 Are you a Friend of World Bird Sanctuary? Do you love owls? Are you interested in learning about bird banding? If you said yes to these questions then we have an opportunity for you!

Last fall World Bird Sanctuary joined Project Owlnet.  Project Owlnet  is  an organization that works to monitor owl population trends by mist netting and by banding migrating owls, especially Northern Saw-whet Owls.  The results are compiled and used to determine when and where these migrant owls are moving. 

Aspen - WBS's resident Saw-whet Owl

For the first time in the history of our site World Bird Sanctuary trapped and banded Northern Saw-whet Owls in 2012.  In fact over the course of the owl banding program the team trapped, banded and released a total of seven Northern Saw-whet Owls.  Our team is going to be at it again this year and would like to invite World Bird Sanctuary Friends to join them and learn more about this important program.
To experience the trapping and banding of wild Northern Saw-whet owls you must be a Friend of WBS.  Not a Friend? It is easy to join us in our mission.  Just click on this link to join!

Details about the Northern Saw Whet Owl Friend program:

Friends must pre-register for this fun program by calling 636-225-4390 ext: 106.

Limited space is available on the following Thursdays:
October 24
October 31
November 7
November 14
November 21

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Age: 10 and up

Due to space constraints this event is limited to one Friend and a guest of their choice.

Please feel free to bring your camera but be aware for the owls’ safety flash photography is not allowed.

Due to the nature of owl migration there is no guarantee that you will see a wild Northern Saw-whet Owl.

This program is weather dependent and may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Every effort will be made to reschedule.

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. This program will be indoors as well as outdoors.

For the safety of the owls no flashlights please, World Bird Sanctuary representatives will provide any necessary lighting.

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