3070DeBeque Owl Banding Station
- Sep 29, 2008We will begin our Tuesday evening banding sessions at DeBeque this year on
If you’d like to join us please send me an e-mail or leave a message by
the Monday before.
We have a campfire but last October the temperatures (from net opening
to net closing at 10:00 PM) ranged from 52 to 37 degrees. Bring a chair
to make yourself comfortable. Don’t forget your head lamp-it’s helpful
if the light has a red lamp option.
Meet at the SE side of the I-70 interchange at DeBeque on the south
frontage road @ the intersection with V.0 road. We will be leaving from
here at 6 PM sharp. If you are riding with me from Rifle we will be
departing from the Rifle Ranger Station at 5:30 sharp.
Departure times will change when we begin daylight savings time and as
the days shorten.
DeBeque Sunnyside Owl Banding Station History
Begun in 2002 as an all volunteer effort when Glenn Giroir, Rich Levad,
(both of Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory RMBO) and Kim Potter USFS (all
licensed banders) each purchased one 12 meter nylon mesh net with the
intent to capture and mark migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls during fall
migration on their own time and dime. We set up a banding station on the
northwest corner of the Battlement Mesa or the Sunnyside as it is
called. We captured and banded owls between sunset and 10PM every
Tuesday evening from September until Thanksgiving. We captured and
banded owls between sunset and 10 PM every Tuesday evening from
September until Thanksgiving. Banding a total of 41 Northern Saw-whet
Owls, 1 Long-eared Owl, and 1 Western Screech Owl over 5 years, we have
never captured the same bird twice, suggesting that these are indeed
migrating owls and not just residents. We’ve learned that owl migration
for Saw-whet Owls begins in early October, peaks around Halloween, and
usually ends by Thanksgiving.
In 2007, nets in DeBeque were open for 22 hours during 7 sessions; we
captured and banded 5 Northern Saw-whet Owls.
Kim M. Potter
White River National Forest
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