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Owl Banding

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

Start of the Owl Banding Season

After a particularly cold February and start to March we have experienced some periods of better weather during the start of the season. Despite fairly good conditions during the first two nights that we were able to open the nets, the first two nights produced zero owls and we were quickly dreading a potentially very [...]

2019-03-22T07:25:14-04:00March 22nd, 2019|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Start of the Owl Banding Season

Fall banding wrap-up

Hello all: The banding season official came to a close on October 31.  Since our last post on October 22, we added 11 Northern Saw-Whet Owls to our season totals.  The biggest push for these birds came on the night of October 24 with 7 owls banded. In total this season we banded: 1 American [...]

2018-11-06T12:45:27-05:00November 6th, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Fall banding wrap-up

October 13-22

Hello all: Since our last post the weather has once again showed us who is boss, keeping us closed 5 out of the last 9 days.  Last night, October 21, was the first night we were able to run a full night of net checks since the end of September.  While it was a slower [...]

2018-10-22T22:29:11-04:00October 22nd, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on October 13-22

Fall 2018 Banding

Hello all: We are finally getting our blog access up and running here at the Point and thought we would give you all an update on our season so far.  I'm not gonna lie, this season has been one of weather.  We opened on the night of September 14th and since then we have been [...]

2018-10-15T21:12:25-04:00October 13th, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Fall 2018 Banding

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 [...]

2018-08-21T02:42:56-04:00August 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 [...]

2018-08-12T05:18:01-04:00August 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 [...]

2018-07-31T04:10:14-04:00July 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 [...]

2018-07-17T03:37:14-04:00July 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 [...]

2018-07-10T02:23:35-04:00July 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 [...]

2018-05-16T23:31:49-04:00May 16th, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update May 15, 2018