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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Debbie Beer

November 7, 2015
Saw-whet Owl Banding at Hidden Valley, PA

Leader: Debbie Beer

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, a dozen DVOC and Natural Lands Trust members gathered at the Hidden Valley banding station in Berks County for our annual Saw-whet Owl banding field trip. This was a brand new experience for nearly everyone in the group, and we were especially delighted that Project Owlnet Director (and Honorary DVOC member) Scott Weidensaul was personally hosting us that evening.

Though our trip is timed for the peak of Saw-whet Owl migration, the nets unfortunately remained empty all evening. This is only the 2nd time in DVOC's long-running tradition of visiting Hidden Valley banding station, that owls eluded us.

However, the dedicated group stayed until the end, enjoying the opportunity to learn more about Saw-whet Owl science and research from premier owl-expert Scott Weidensaul, while relaxing in a warm chateau with newly-installed heating! Scott cheerfully signed many copies of his books, and chatted with participants.

DVOC is deeply grateful for the opportunity to experience Saw-whet Owl banding first-hand, and extends many thanks to Scott Weidensaul and his dedicated volunteer team for sharing their time and expertise throughout long, cold nights.

Owls are never guaranteed, but we hope for better luck next year!