Indiana has several owl banding stations running in the the state to research the Northern Saw-whet Owl. In October – November, the stations follow the Project Owlnet protocol and offer events throughout the season for participants to learn about the research.
The following article appeared in the November 2016 Indiana Audubon Quarterly regarding timing of migration of Saw-whet Owls in NW Indiana. The entire issue is available here to read for free.
Night of the Owls Banding Demonstration Night
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.
Project Owlnet: Behind the Scenes
It’s a special night behind the scenes at the Indiana Dunes owl banding station! Join us for a special behind the scenes look at the owl banding at the Indiana Audubon’s Dunes Project Owlnet Station. Registered participants will get to meet before the nets are put up to learn about the program and assist with net set up. Participants will perform hourly net checks with staff and volunteers and get a chance to see owls up close before they are banded. Head lamps and other supplies provided. Participants may wish to bring their own dinner and snacks, as nearby restaurants are several miles away. Due to the nature of the program, owls can never be guaranteed on any particular night.
This special behind the scenes night is separate from the general banding demonstrations and includes a special donation that helps with owl banding operations. In 2018 participants can choose from one of the following dates to participate: