Northern Saw-whet Owl program – for the Ralph K. Bell Bird Club – April 15, 2019

Jan and I operate a Northern Saw-whet Owl banding station in cooperation with Project Owlnet. This program at the April meeting of the Ralph K. Bell Bird Club will cover the natural history of the smallest eastern North American owl and the development of our banding program involving trapping, release and tracking these owls. The bird club meeting will begin at 7:15 pm followed by my presentation.

This program is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Photos (c) Bill Beatty

The program will be at the Ralph K. Bell farm. Driving directions:,+Jefferson,+PA+15344/@39.9413651,-80.0616905,16.5z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x88350a4a18c4aa79:0xb07067e2ebe6aa24!8m2!3d39.9417472!4d-80.0585752

Ralph K Bell Bird Club

Ralph Bell banding at the AFMO (c) Bill Beatty

The bird banding station on Dolly Sods is officially known as the Allegheny Front Migration Observatory (AFMO).  On October 10, 2004, Ralph banded the 200,000th bird, a male black-throated blue warbler.  Ralph founded the AFMO in 1958 and over 250,000 birds have been banded there.

The Ralph Bell Birding Extravaganza (c) Bill Beatty

The Ralph K. Bell Bird Club is located in Greene County, PA, southwest of Pittsburgh.

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