Monthly Archives: October 2018

BANDING – 2018


Part of our family and the Christmas owl – December 2014

Charles Ziegenfus and I are planning to open the Highland Retreat Banding Station for migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls around 1 November this year.  Our nets are up and the reports from banders north indicate that owls are moving in our direction.  First reports indicated large numbers of owls but more recent reports from New York and Pennsylvania have been less enthusiastic.  We shall see.

If you plan to visit the station, you will find “Directions” and “Suggestions for visitors” articles on the “Home page” of this blog.  One change that I am instituting this year is that I will not be taking visitors to the net site.  This is for a variety of reasons including the hope that we can increase the number of owls banded and the safety of the net-tenders, visitors, and owls.  The only persons going to the nets will be the banders and trained net-tenders, or trainees.  If you are interested in filling any of these positions, please let me know.  You can contact me at: 

As I write (26 Oct 2018) we are having a problem with a connection on the “owl caller” which I hope can be resolved with a new part to be delivered next Wednesday, 31 Oct 2018.  So it is very doubtful that we will open the station before 1 November.  However, we hope to open on that date or as soon as can after then.  Please check back here for updates.

I will be posting above (along with the Directions, Suggestions, etc.) a calendar of dates when I know of groups that are planning to visit the station.  If you are planning to come with a group of 10 persons (more or less), please let me know via of a “comment” or email (

Thank you.

Clair Mellinger