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 for reservations and details.


Do Ducks Need Suitcases?

Duck with  Suitcases

This question will be explored at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale on Saturday, April 11th from 12:30 to 2:00pm.

The other creatures with whom we share this planet do some remarkable things, and most do it with little negative impact on their environment. The program will include stories about some of these creatures, as well as how humans can make life easier for them. A short and easy craft activity will close out the program.

This free, family-oriented program program will be presented by Katharine Dodge of the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society.

Families are encouraged to attend. Children under the age of eight should be accompanied by an adult. To reserve a spot, call the library at 570-253-1220.


Nature Treasure Hunt, Oct. 11th

Learn basic map & compass skills and go on a nature treasure hunt with Northeast PA Audubon naturalists on Saturday, October 11th. The event will start at 1pm at our Browning Beaver Meadow Sanctuary in northern Wayne County (directions). Although the event is free, reservations are required by October 6th. Space is limited, so early sign-up is recommended.

“This is a great activity for families, so we are requiring that adults be accompanied by at least one child,” says Pete Snyder who will teach the map and compass skills.

Prizes will be awarded for completing the treasure hunt.

For more information or to register, please send us an email or call (570) 253-9250.