South Bound from the South Shore:  Aug 15 - Oct 31 - Daily banding operations are open to the public (mornings).   Bird banding  happens from dawn until noon daily.   Learn what banding research can tell us.  Bird banding does not take place if it is raining or too windy.   Admission free, donations accepted.

Saw-whet Owl Banding

 Thu.-Sat., October 8 to 10, 15 to 17, 22 to 24, 8:15-9:15 PM

Evenings in October are all about Owls. Learn about Saw-whets in particular, how we catch them and why.  See owls up close, watch the banding and release.  Owl banding does not take place if it is raining or too windy – check the website before coming.  Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Please, no flash photography.

 Registration required (see below), $10/person - children under 12 free) LIMITED TO 30 PEOPLE per NIGHT.  If the event is cancelled because of weather, participants will have the option of a refund.  We are not able to refund donations.

 Celebrating Owls at the Bird Observatory

 Saturday, October 10, 10AM – 3PM

This is a day packed with fun and dedicated to all things Owls.  With demonstrations, crafts, scavenger hunts, and family friendly activities there is something for everyone.  Dissect an owl pellet, make an owl mask, decorate an owl cookie, check out the specimens table and much more.  At 2:00 pm meet the Saw-whet Owl expert and learn about these charming wee owls.

All morning, our banders and volunteers will demonstrate  the banding of songbirds.  See birds  up very close and learn what banding research can tell us. 
At noon the Big Sit begins.  Bring a lawn chair and join the raptor watch.  Volunteers will assist with identifying the various birds of prey drifting by on their way south.  Peek through a scope or use our binoculars.
Bring water, snacks and binoculars if you have them.  Bio-diversity Friendly Coffee and treats available.
Consider registering for the evening Saw-whet Owl banding (limited spaces). Stay and play, stroll to the lighthouse, enjoy the pebble beach, bring a picnic dinner.  
 Admission:  Free, donations accepted.
Registration:  drop-ins welcome, but pre-register below and bring your ticket for a free draw. 
Accessible, stroller friendly, dogs on leash, beware of ticks and poison ivy
Contact:   Kathy ( or Ketha (
Birds and Burgers Night Out

Sunday, October 11, 5—9 PM, rain date Sunday, October 25

 This is an exclusive evening of Saw-whet Owl fun and facts.  Join us at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory for a private owl night.  Enjoy a BBQ burger dinner with all the trimmings and meet Saw-whet Owls up-close.  

This is an opportunity to assist with setting up the owl net and accompanying the volunteers to check the nets through out the evening.  Observe the banding and take a behind the scenes tour of the banding lab.  Enjoy the excitement of releasing a newly tagged and documented birds to continue its journey south.

Bring your questions about owls, banding and migratory bird research. Our staff and volunteers will share their knowledge and their owl stories.  Cameras welcome but, please, no flash photography.

Owl banding does not take place if it is raining or too windy. You will be contacted if banding will be rescheduled  Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

 Registration is required as space is limited - $40 per person.