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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Saw-whet Owl Banding, Oct. 14

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Join us at the Monroe Educational Center in Stroudsburg on Friday, October 14th at 8pm to see this tiny owl! We’ll join Darryl and Jackie Speicher of Pocono Avian Research Center as they capture, measure, and examine saw-whet owls. We have caught saw-whets every year except for one, so your chances of seeing one are excellent.

We have been joining Darryl and Jackie to observe this owl banding for several years and we had our best year in 2009 when they captured 9 Saw-Whets that night. Nine adults and children had the opportunity to hold and release these little owls. Though there is no guarantee that we will catch these owls on any night, we have caught at least one every year that Audubon has brought people to the banding.

They capture them in mist nets which are fine nets that are stretched across an area. They place a recorder on one side of the nets that broadcasts saw-whet owl calls. Hopefully the little owls will be attracted by the calls they hear broadcast and fly into the net where Darryl will carefully remove them, put them in a cloth bag to calm them down and bring them to where some of us are waiting. When he goes to the nets you will have the choice of staying where they examine owls or join Darryl at the nets.

We schedule this on a Friday night so children can attend, as they don’t have school the next day. We hope you will bring your children as we believe this kind of event will expand their interest in nature. Our children are the future stewards of this planet so we hope we can get them interested in nature and the environment.

This is an exciting event for both children and adults, so come join us and enjoy the night.

For further information and reservations please call Bob at 570-676-9969 or email him at jeanbob@ptd.net

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