Outdoor Radio: Tracking The Saw-Whet Owl

Nov 17, 2014

The tiny Northern Saw-whet owl is migrating south right now and naturalists are tracking them as they pass through Vermont. On Outdoor Radio this week, we’ll visit a banding station in Montpelier to hear how these elusive birds are captured and banded.  

Birdwatcher Carol Suich had never seen a Northern Saw-whet owl. This was a life bird for her that perched on her arm for several minutes.
Credit Kent McFarland / Vermont Center for EcoStudies

Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies join a group of students at the North Branch Nature Center to witness the process, and a local bird watcher experiences the thrill of seeing a Saw-whet for the first time. Below are several resources to learn more about the owl and banding programs.

Naturalist Ken Benton, a teacher at the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier, with a Saw-whet owl.
Credit Kent McFarland / Vermont Center for EcoStudies

Outdoor Radio is a monthly feature produced in collaboration with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies in Norwich Vermont. The program is made possible by the VPR Journalism Fund and by a grant to VCE from the Vermont Community Foundation.

The program is produced and edited by VPR's Chief Production Engineer, Chris Albertine.

Broadcast Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:50 a.m.