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Saw-whet Owl Banding, Oct. 27th

Saw-whet Owl

Join Northeast PA Audubon on Friday, October 27 at 8pm in watching Darryl and Jackie Speicher of Pocono Avian Research Center as they capture, measure, examine and release saw-whet owls. They capture them in mist nest which are fine nets that are stretched across an area. They put a recorder on one side of the net and when we are lucky , the owls fly into the net where Darryl retrieves them. This will be a special treat if you have never seen these little owls, as they are only eight inches tall.

We have been joining Pocono Avian Research Center to observe this owl banding for several years and 2009 was our best year as they caught and banded nine saw-whets that night. Nine adults and children had the opportunity to hold and release these little owls. The year before they captured only one but they have caught at least one owl nearly every year we have attended including 2010.

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 hope this kind of event will expand their interest in nature. Our children are the future stewards so hopefully they will grow up wanting to protect life on this planet.

This is an exciting event for both children and adults so come and join us.

Call Bob at 570-676-9969 or email him at jeanbob@ptd.net for reservations and details.

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