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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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Saw-whet Owl Banding, Oct. 16th

Saw-whet OwlJoin Northeast PA Audubon Society at 8:00 PM on October 16, 2005 to watch Darryl and Jackie Speicher of Pocono Avian Research Center as they capture, measure, and examine Saw-whet Owls.

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, contact Bob at 570-676-9969 or jeanbob@ptd.net.