IAS is pleased to co-host a special IAS night with the owls on Saturday, November 10, around the state. On this night, participants may choose from one of FOUR owl banding stations running in Indiana to learn about the amazing migration of our smallest owl, as well as watch in the banding process of these spectacular birds. Participants may choose from the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary station, Indiana Dunes station, the Purdue Martell Forest station, or the Ball State Whitetail Tree Farm station. All participants should dress for the weather, as you may be outside at certain times, depending on the station.
Start times for each station are as follows (all times are local for that station):
Indiana Dunes– meet at Dunes State Park Nature Center at 6pm.
Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary– meet at the MGBS Brooks Hall at 7pm.
Purdue University– Meet at the Martell Wright Forestry Center at 7pm
Ball State University– Meet at the Whitetail Tree Farm at 5:30pm. Participants can also meet at the Cooper Science Building at 5pm to carpool.
A few notes to keep in mind:
- Owls are wild animals. Their capture and banding on any particular night is not guaranteed. Though banding staff can usually give predictions as to whether conditions look better or worse for owl captures.
- Banding operations keep owl safety as a priority. Should concerns arrive, banding staff close the nets and station until any danger is clear.
- The demonstrations are free, but donations are highly encourage to support the future operations of owl research in Indiana. The Mary Gray and Indiana Dunes stations have special Project Owlnet T-shirts for sale for $15 while supplies last. Some stations offer owl adoptions to help fund the project.
- Owl curriculum guides are available for teachers and educators online, visit here to download it.
Attendance is limited! Visit our Events page to register for this event or others offered this fall. There is no registration fee for this special event. For more information about the the banding stations, please visit Project Owlnet or email here.