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Night of the Owls: Saw-whet Owl Banding Demonstrations

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST

Norther Saw-whet Owl
IAS is pleased to host a special IAS night with the owls on Saturday, November 7, around the state. On this night, participants may choose from both the IAS Indiana Dunes or the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary 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. In 2020, our other partner sites will not be offering public demonstrations due to COVID concerns.  All participants should dress for the weather, as you will be outside.

Photo by Landon Neumann

Start times for each station are as follows (all times are local for that station):
Indiana Dunes– meet at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at 6pm CT
Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary– meet at the outdoor Shelter by the parking lot at 7pm EST

A few notes to keep in mind:
  1. 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.
  2. Banding operations keep owl safety as a priority. Should concerns arrive, banding staff close the nets and station until any danger is clear.
  3. Registration includes a $5 donation to the site research. We also encourage to support the future operations of owl research in Indiana. via special Project Owlnet T-shirts for sale in the online store while supplies last. Some stations offer owl adoptions to help fund the project.
To comply with CDC recommendations, all owl banding demonstrations this fall will have the follow restrictions:
  • All owl banding observers must pre-register in advance for upcoming banding nights
  • All owl banding nights are limited to 10-20 participants depending on the site
  • All participants are required to utilize facial covering and/or social distancing
  • All banding will take place outside.  Participants should bring a lawn chair, dress for cooler weather, and bring any snacks or drinks.
All participants must read and agree to the IAS Field Trip Release to participate in IAS led events and trips.  Banding demonstration nights in 2020 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 station is below.  For questions, email us here


November 7
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
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