Owl Migration Monitoring

Our owl monitoring program has been operating since 1997. The primary objectives are to document the relative abundance and migration timing of Northern Saw-whet, Long-eared and Boreal Owls moving through the Beaverhill Natural Area during the fall.

  • This program also allows us to train volunteers, promote visitor engagement, and educate the public about the importance of avian research and conservation
  • Saw-whet and Long-eared owl monitoring begins on September 1st, Boreal owl monitoring starts on October 1st, and both end on November 11 or when snow forces us to close the lab for the season
  • Mist nets are opened a half-hour after sunset and kept open for 6 hours

Owl Migration Monitoring and Owl Banding Events will begin in September. Become a life-time member of the BBO to get advance access to owl banding tickets!