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Local Audubon Society sponsoring owl-banding trips

By Staff | Oct 23, 2015

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring two special nighttime field trips in early November to watch an expert catch, band, and release migrating owls. The first trip will be held on Monday, Nov. 2; the second will be on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The destination for both trips will be an owl-banding station operated by West Virginia birding expert Bob Dean near Hedgesville. Both will last from 5 to about 10 p.m.

The owls being banded will be Northern Saw-Whet Owls, the smallest owl in eastern North America. These trips offer unique opportunities to see these birds up close and learn about their life history

The trips are family friendly, and everyone is invited to participate.

There is no fee but pre-registration is essential for both trips because space will be very limited.

To pre-register and get full information, go to the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org or contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

Participants should bring flashlights and be sure to dress warmly.

Owls do not fly if it is raining, so these trips may be cancelled if conditions warrant.