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Saw-whet owl banding

CRESCO, PA — Join Northeast PA Audubon Society at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 27 to watch Darryl and Jackie Speicher of Pocono Avian Research Center as they capture, measure, and examine saw-whet owls.

Observers have joined Darryl and Jackie for several years to watch as they band owls. They had their best year in 2009, when they captured nine saw-whets in one night. Nine adults and children had the opportunity to hold and release these little owls. Though there is no guarantee that they will catch these owls on any night, they have caught at least one every year that Audubon has brought people to the banding.

The Speichers capture them in mist nets, which are fine nets that are stretched across an area. They place a recorder on one side of the nets that broadcasts saw-whet owl calls. When the little owls are attracted by the calls, they fly into the net where Darryl will carefully remove them, put them in a cloth bag to calm them down and bring them to where participants are waiting. You will have the choice of staying where they examine owls or joining Darryl at the nets.

The event is scheduled on a Friday night so children can attend, as they don’t have school the next day.

Bring your children  and expand their interest in nature. Our children are the future stewards of this planet, and this event can get them interested in nature and the environment.

For more information, reservations and directions call 570/676-9969 or email


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