Jamestown, NY – What is the tiniest, cutest owl in the region?
The Saw Whet Owl may be it, but they are rarely seen.
On Friday night, October 24, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is taking a trip to a nearby Saw Whet Owl banding station.
Saw Whets migrate through our area in the fall. Tom Leblanc is an experienced, licensed bird bander and naturalist who has been banding Saw Whet Owls for years. They travel at night, which is when Leblanc sets up mist nets and uses recordings to call them in.
The opportunity to witness one of our most elusive owls is so unusual that Audubon has included it on its Bucket List for 2014.
Participants will meet at Audubon at 8 p.m. and carpool to the banding location, approximately 8.5 miles from Audubon. Return is planned for 11 p.m.
Participation is limited to 10, who are reminded to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.