Owl Night

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Northern Saw-whet Owl

Join us for an evening of owl banding this Fall.  Learn about the natural history of owls in general and the Northern Saw-whet Owl in particular.  If we are successful in trapping some owls you’ll get a first-hand look at what makes owls such specialized hunters.  You’ll see the structures of an owl’s eyes and ears that give it the ability to hunt at night.  We’ll show and explain how we use an ordinary black light to help us determine the age of the owl.

Aging with black light
 
 
 

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The program will be inside a heated building but you’ll need a flashlight if you want to walk along with us as we check the nets for owls.  The walk is not difficult but the terrain is uneven.  We’ll be outside for 10 to 15 minutes to check the nets.  Dress appropriately for the weather as it can be chilly in mid October.  We’ll provide some refreshments like coffee, tea and hot apple cider.

This year, Owl Night is scheduled for  Saturday October 19th. We will begin at 7:00 PM and wrap up about 10:00 PM.  Cameras are welcome.  The owls are not camera shy at all. A per person donation (all ages) of $25 is requested. A minimum of 10 persons must be registered for the event to be held with a maximum of 25 participants.

Call Steve (608) 882-6703 for reservations or more information.