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Local Audubon sponsoring owl banding field trips

By Staff | Oct 14, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring two special nighttime field trips this fall to watch an expert catch, band and release migrating owls.

The first trip will be held on Oct. 29; the second will be on Nov. 4.

The destination for both trips will be a banding station operated by Maryland birding expert Steve Huy on South Mountain, near Boonsboro. Both will last from 9 to about 11:30 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 for either trip but a donation of $5 or $10 to the South Mountain owl banding station is suggested.

This will help support that station’s work.

Pre-registration is essential for both trips because space will be very limited.

To pre-register and get directions and 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 canceled if conditions warrant.