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December Meeting

DATE: Thursday, December 5, 2019
TIME: 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Strite Auditorium, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, 1501 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 **NOTE THE CHANGE OF LOCATION**

PROGRAM: Migration monitoring of Northern Saw-whet Owls – the history and growth of Project Owlnet, with David Brinker
Although seldom seen, Northern Saw-whet Owls are a relatively common breeding bird across the northern U.S and in the boreal forests of Canada. Since they are so difficult to observe and detect, until recently little was known about this captivating little owl. Project Owlnet was started in 1994 to expand the banding effort focused on netting migrant owls, principally saw-whet owls. Each year Project Owlnet affiliates band thousands of Northern Saw-whet owls, now the most often banded owl in North America, including Clair Mellinger’s station here in northwest Rockingham, at Highland Retreat.
A regional ecologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Natural Heritage Program since 1990, Dave works on biodiversity conservation. He began banding raptors at the Little Suamico Ornithological Station in 1975 and has been banding Northern Saw-whet Owls in Maryland since 1986, and at Assateague Island since 1991.
Project SNOWSTORM – Snowy Owl research
Secrets of the Snowy Owl – the story of Baltimore