Sibley Supports Project Owlnet

One of the most popular birding events that goes on at the Indiana Dunes State Park is the annual fall Saw-whet Owl banding.  It’s unlikely any regular reader here hasn’t heard or participated in a banding night.  Our station is perhaps the most visited in the Great Lakes region in terms of total visitors and educational opportunities.  A great feat considering we don’t band the most birds, compared to other stations.  Our station certainly has it’s ups and downs that vary with each year’s breeding success. 5 years and 153 owl captures later…

Total Saw-whet Owls banded at Indiana Dunes State Park 2009-2013.
Total Saw-whet Owls banded at Indiana Dunes State Park 2009-2013.

We do much of our work with Project Owlnet.  Project Owlnet facilitates communication and cooperation among hundreds of owl-migration researchers in North America, in particular studying the amazing migrations of Northern Saw-whet Owls.  They help provide protocol standards and communication between stations, especially with recaptured birds across states.  It’s founders are also the brain child’s behind the current Project SNOWstorm project going on right now with Snowy Owls.

In a move that gives Project Owlnet even more recognition, David Sibley, of Sibley Field Guide to Birds fame, has made a print of his painting of a Saw-whet Owl.  The original was auctioned off, but this reprint is now for sale with a portion (percentage not said) of the sale of each print being donated to help fund the work of Project Owlnet.  The prints are $45 each, 9 X 11″ limited edition, and they are made with archival ink and paper. The edition is limited to 300 prints and are signed and numbered, as well as come with a certificate of authenticity.

Sibley Saw-whet Owl Limited Edition Print for Sale.
Sibley Saw-whet Owl Limited Edition Print for Sale.  Visit here to purchase your own copy.

 

 

 

 

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