Indiana Dunes Saw-whet Owl Banding Demonstrations
October 20 @ 7:00 pm - November 12 @ 10:00 pm EDT
Burn the midnight oil with the Indiana Audubon, in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes Tourism as they bring the 14th season of saw-whet owl banding to the Indiana Dunes. Visitors can learn about Indiana’s smallest owl in this up-close and personal experience at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center beginning October 20th on select nights through November 13th.
Programs occur each at 7pm CT (6pm beginning November 10). Participants will get the chance to see captured owls being banded outdoors at the banding field station during hourly checks. Participants can stay as long as they like, as volunteers do a minimum of three checks each night. Nightly programs are weather dependent and do not operate when rainy or high winds.
The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of I-94 in Chesterton. All times are Central (Chicago) Time.
Participants are invited to bring a lawn chair, snacks, cool weather clothes, and a flashlight. A campfire is available most nights (with s’mores!).
All participants must read and agree to the IAS Field Trip Release to participate in IAS led events and trips. Banding demonstration nights in 2022 will involve a $5 fee made as a donation towards Indiana Audubon and help fund supplies needed to keep the research project going. Registration for each available night is below.