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Owl Banding

The Point is a hotspot for owl migration, from Northern Saw-whets to Boreal Owls and more.

Owl Update 8/20/18

As we approach the end of the summer owl banding season, things have remained relatively slow, but fairly steady. We had begun to wonder if the owls were going to trickle down to the end of their summer movements when the night of the 18th produced a pretty unexpected surprise. We banded six Saw-whets, five [...]

2018-08-21T02:42:56+00:00August 21st, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 8/20/18

Owl Update 8/12/18

We unfortunately don't have a whole lot to report. As expected, this has proven to be a down reproductive year for Northern Saw-whet Owls and they have been very slow recently. The adult Saw-whets came to a screeching halt on July 18. Juvenile Saw-whets have continued, but at a trickle. Thankfully, we are also catching [...]

2018-08-12T05:18:01+00:00August 12th, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 8/12/18

Owl update July 30, 2018

As we expected, this summer is proving to be a low year in Northern Saw-whet Owl reproduction. Last summer was the third time we experienced a peak in juvenile Saw-whet numbers since beginning the summer research in 2006. Both of the previous peak years were followed immediately by low years, so Ryan Steiner & I [...]

2018-07-31T04:10:14+00:00July 31st, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl update July 30, 2018

Owl Update 7/16/18

Things have been pretty slow since the last post. We've been able to band every night so far this season and have banded a total of 41 Northern Saw-whets, 29 adults and 12 juveniles. The seven nights since our last post have produced 9 adults and 6 juveniles. Given we don't have much to share [...]

2018-07-17T03:37:14+00:00July 17th, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 7/16/18

The Summer Owl Banding Season Begins

Juvenile Northern Saw-whet Owl We began the 13th year of WPBO's summer owl research on July 1 and the season has gotten of to a modest start. We've been able to run nets every night so far and have banded 26 Northern Saw-whets and also captured two that were previously banded. Six of [...]

2018-07-10T02:23:35+00:00July 10th, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on The Summer Owl Banding Season Begins

Owl Update May 15, 2018

     If you follow WPBO on facebook, you know we’ve had a couple of exciting captures since our last post. Great Grays have been absent in recent years, but on the night of May 2 we banded the first one since 2013.  It’s incredible to have the opportunity to see one of these amazing birds [...]

2018-05-16T23:31:49+00:00May 16th, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update May 15, 2018

Owl Update April 30

by Chris Neri & Nova Mackentley We want to start by thanking everyone who attended Spring Fling this past weekend. Your support, interest and encouragement is truly appreciated. Although we’ve given a presentation on WPBO’s long term owl research during Spring Fling for years, doing so as the keynote speakers this year was admittedly a bit [...]

2018-05-02T10:59:58+00:00May 2nd, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update April 30

Owl Update 4/21/18

By Chris Neri and Nova Mackentley Northern Saw-whet Owl, Photo Chris Neri We had hoped by waiting out the winter storm we might have some good news to report. Unfortunately, no such luck as of yet. Obviously, the storm had us shut down for a few nights, and we frequently [...]

2018-04-23T08:20:45+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 4/21/18

Slow Start to Spring Owl Banding Season Continues

By Chirs Neri and Nova Mackentley With the exception of one night, things have remained slow during the nighttime at the Point. Following our last post, we were able to run nets four consecutive long, cold, full nights that produced a grand total of one Northern Saw-whet Owl. Mercifully, the [...]

2018-04-05T09:43:23+00:00April 5th, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Slow Start to Spring Owl Banding Season Continues

A Slow and Frigid Start to Spring Owl Banding

By Chris Neri and Nova Mackentley Boreal Owl banded at WPBO Nova Mackentley and I are excited to be back at WPBO for another spring owl banding season. The banding results in March can vary significantly from year to year, and we’re unfortunately off to a slow and frigid start this [...]

2018-03-23T10:42:56+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on A Slow and Frigid Start to Spring Owl Banding