The Beaverhill Natural Area and trails remain open to the public 24/7. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic however, the BBO is not accepting volunteers at this time and we will not be banding birds until further notice. We ask that visitors respectfully stay outside of our buildings, as we are happy to talk to visitors in our clearing and anywhere in the great outdoors!

Saw-whet & Boreal Owl 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 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 owl monitoring begins on September 1st, Boreal owl monitoring starts on October 20th, 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