November 12, 2021
DVOC enjoyed a super night with Saw-whets at Rushton Woods Preserve, on November 12. The banding crew, guided by Mike McGraw, did an excellent job of sharing information, engaging the group, and explaining the science behind banding the species.
The magic began at the 7:45pm net check, when two Saw-whet Owls were brought back to the barn for banding. Bander Mike McGraw worked with the owls to take measurements and record the data before outfitting the birds with leg bands before being released back into the night.
In all, the crew banded 4 Saw-whet Owls – 1 new, and 3 recaptures (previously banded) all females. Everyone appreciated the opportunity to learn, take photos, and admire these cutest of owls!
DVOC proudly donated money to start the Rushton Woods banding station a decade ago. We are grateful to Doris McGovern, Lisa Kiziuk, and all the staff and volunteers of Willistown Conservation Trust, for their ongoing commitment to avian conservation, and providing this wonderful experience.