Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding 2017
This ymain-nswo-pictureear we will once again welcome visitors to our NSWO banding station at our office in Arrow Rock.  Visitors of all ages are encouraged to attend.  The office is located at 39250 N Highway 41, across from the Arrow Rock State Historic Site’s Visitor Center Drive (Missouri River Bird Observatory, 39045 MO-41, Nelson, MO 65347).  We will post on our Facebook page ( regularly about which nights the station is open.  Please check our posts before making the trip to Arrow Rock.  You can also call 660-837-3888 to ask if we will be open on a particular night.  The banding season runs from October 25th to November 15th.  We operate the station on nights of fair weather with light north winds, which we have found to be the best conditions for catching owls successfully.  We open nets 40 minutes after sunset and remain open for four hours.  The banding takes place in an out building that is not heated.  If you are coming from a far distance, you may want to stay in Arrow Rock; there is a list of our town’s Bed & Breakfasts here:  

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding 2016
Last fall, MRBO’s Northern Saw-whet Owl banding station in Arrow Rock was open for 11 nights from October 30th to November 15th.  We hosted 131 visitors from October 30th to November 10th.  Below are the results from the 2016 season.  

October 30th – 14 owls
November 3rd – 6 owls
November 4th – 9 owls
November 5th – 2 owls
November 6th – 6 owls
November 8th – 1 owl
November 9th – 6 owls
November 10th – 1 owl + 1 within-season recapture
November 13th – 2 owls + 1 within-season recapture
November 14th – 3 owls
November 15th – 1 owl


Northern Saw-whet Owl captured on October 30th; photo by Steve Garr.