McGILL BIRD OBSERVATORY

FALL SCHEDULE 2012 - OWL BANDING

Click here for the passerine (morning) banding schedule

Below is the current schedule for the fall 2012 Saw-whet Owl banding program.  Note that McGill campus security locks the gate to the Arboretum not long after sunset, therefore it is important to arrive at the meeting time listed for each date.  Our standard approach is to have the nets open for four hours, beginning roughly a half hour after sunset.  Taking into account closing of nets and banding any owls from the final round, departure time is on average around five hours after the meeting time.  On nights when owl migration appears to be strong, banding may continue longer, but volunteers are not obligated to stay beyond the standard period.

Note that because owl migration is quite weather dependent, we will not operate on nights with rain or strong winds.  The bander-in-charge will assess conditions each afternoon, and will by 3 pm post a note on the MBO Twitter page indicating whether owling is taking place that evening. All volunteers are responsible for checking on the status prior to coming out.

Volunteer scheduling is being coordinated through WhenToHelp, a software package that allows you to directly register your own shifts and view the most current schedule at any time. To register for access to WhenToHelp, e-mail us at mbo@migrationresearch.org.

WhenToHelp - Online Volunteer Scheduling
Provided by WhenToWork.com Online Employee Scheduling

Instructions for WhenToHelp are available in English or French. Below is an overview of the schedule - we look forward to working with you this fall!

Please consider helping fund the owl banding program by adopting an owl!

Banders-in-charge (BICs): RJB - Bob Barnhurst, SID - Simon Duval

Date

Sunset Meeting
(at MBO cabin)
BIC Results
Wed Sep 26 6:43 7:00
RJB
14 NSWO and 2 EASO banded
Thu Sep 27 6:41 7:00
SID
15 NSWO banded
Fri Sep 28 6:39 6:55
SID
6 NSWO and 1 EASO banded
Sat Sep 29 6:37 6:55
RJB
0 owls banded
Sun Sep 30 6:36 6:50
RJB
cancelled due to rain
Mon Oct 1 6:34 6:50
RJB
3 NSWO banded
Tue Oct 2 6:32 6:50
RJB
3 NSWO banded
Wed Oct 3 6:30 6:45
RJB
3 NSWO banded
Thu Oct 4 6:28 6:45
SID
3 NSWO banded
Fri Oct 5 6:26 6:45
SID
0 owls banded
Sat Oct 6 6:24 6:45
RJB
3 NSWO banded
Sun Oct 7 6:22 6:40
RJB
13 NSWO banded
Mon Oct 8 6:21 6:40
RJB
17 NSWO banded + 1 foreign recapture from Pennsylvania
Tue Oct 9 6:19 6:40
RJB
3 NSWO banded
Wed Oct 10 6:17 6:35
RJB
0 owls banded
Thu Oct 11 6:15 6:35
SID
cancelled due to rain
Fri Oct 12 6:13 6:30
SID
17 NSWO banded + 1 foreign recapture from New York
Sat Oct 13 6:12 6:30
RJB
7 NSWO banded
Sun Oct 14 6:10 6:30
RJB
2 NSWO banded
Mon Oct 15 6:08 6:25
RJB
1 NSWO banded
Tue Oct 16 6:06 6:25
RJB
30 NSWO banded
Wed Oct 17 6:05 6:25
RJB
16 NSWO and 1 BDOW banded
Thu Oct 18 6:03 6:20
SID
8 NSWO banded
Fri Oct 19 6:01 6:20
SID
cancelled due to rain
Sat Oct 20 5:59 6:20
RJB
5 NSWO banded
Sun Oct 21 5:58 6:15
RJB
6 NSWO banded
Mon Oct 22 5:56 6:15
RJB
18 NSWO and 2 LEOW banded
Tue Oct 23 5:54 6:15
RJB
20 NSWO banded
Wed Oct 24 5:53 6:10
RJB
4 NSWO banded
Thu Oct 25 5:51 6:10
SID
4 NSWO banded
Fri Oct 26 5:50 6:10
SID
2 NSWO banded
Sat Oct 27 5:48 6:05
RJB
2 NSWO banded
Sun Oct 28 5:47 6:05
RJB
0 NSWO banded
Mon Oct 29 5:45 6:05
RJB
cancelled due to rain
Tue Oct 30 5:44 6:00
RJB
cancelled due to rain
Wed Oct 31 5:42 6:00
RJB
2 NSWO banded
Thu Nov 1 5:41 6:00
SID
0 NSWO banded
Fri Nov 2 5:39 5:55
SID
0 NSWO banded
Sat Nov 3 5:38 5:55
RJB
0 NSWO banded
Sun Nov 4 4:37 4:55
RJB
1 NSWO banded
Mon Nov 5 4:35 4:55
RJB
3 NSWO and 3 BOOW banded
Tue Nov 6 4:34 4:50
RJB
4 NSWO and 1 BOOW banded

2010 Season total: 122 NSWO, 2 EASO, 2 foreign recaptures
2011 Season total: 199 NSWO, 2 MBO recaptures, 9 foreign recaptures

2012 Season total: 235 NSWO, 3 EASO, 2 LEOW, 1 BDOW, 4 BOOW, and 2 foreign NSWO recaptures
(+14 NSWO in supplemental banding Nov 7-17: 3 on Nov 7, 2 on Nov 9, 3 on Nov 10, 1 each on Nov 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17)

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