Steaks & Saw-whets 2016 Saw-whet Owl

Friday Sept. 27 & Saturday Sept. 28, 2019
At the Beaverhill Bird Observatory

Celebrate the annual fall movements of the Northern Saw-whet Owl through the Beaverhill Natural Area.  A steak barbeque with veggies will be served at BBO, followed by setting up mist nets to capture owls for banding. Learn about their biology while observing owls up close. Enjoy the sounds of fall migration and the stars overhead. 

This popular event sells out so please book early to ensure your spot! 
Online registration required.
Dress for the weather!

Time:Dinner served between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Nets go up at 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Members $30 /person, Non-members $40/person can include $10 life membership, free for kids under 12 when accompanied by their parents.

If you wish to share home made baking with the group, bring some to share!

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 Supported by: Alberta Conservation Association, TD Friends of the Environment, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Nature Canada (Charles Labatiuk Conservation Fund) and Bird Studies Canada (Baillie Fund), Community Environment Action Grant Program, Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP),The Wildbird General Store, Telus, Aviva, and Sherwood Park Fish and Game.

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