NSWO Conference 2020

July 31st – August 2nd
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek IA

Announcing an Inland Regional conference for
Northern Saw-whet Owl banders and researchers!

Location: Hitchcock Nature Center located 20 minutes north of the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro Area in Iowa. 

Definition of Inland Region: Wisconsin, Illinois, Mississippi west to the Rocky Mountains and Canada south to Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Conference Goals:
The central region of the North American continent presents a somewhat unique set of research opportunities and challenges for those working with Saw-whet Owls. Migratory movements, over wintering and breeding distribution remain unclear but there is a growing interest in research opportunities in the region. 

  • Network with other inland region NSWO banders and researchers to: 
    • Learn where and how other stations/banders operate
    • Share and discuss research in the region.
    • How may we continue to expand the network into states and provinces effectively? Encouraging students and early career researchers to engage in NSWO research.
    • Look at ways to collaborate on both regional and state levels.
    • Increase data sharing and usefulness of data collected throughout the Inland Region
    • Define common objectives and establish a network to work together towards those objectives.
    • Ways to expand regional research and funding. 

Conference agenda in development. There are many possible topics for discussion among the inland NSWO banding community, including:

  • Movements of NSWO through the region-comparing the experience of stations similarities and differences.
  • Do NSWO movements through the inland region differ from those in the Great Lakes and eastern seaboard regions?
  • Using recapture data regionally
  • Do post-breeding juvenile movements differ from those of migratory patterns?
  • Expanding the Motus telemetry system into the region
  • Do NSWO use riparian habitat as migratory corridors through the region?
  • Sources of funding
  • Novel and effective ways to collaborate on research

Cost of the Conference $75
Includes registration, meals and venue. Registration is now open – click here to register

Meals provided: snacks and refreshments at Friday evening social, Saturday and Sunday lunch, Saturday evening cook-out.

Accommodations: Both Council Bluffs and Omaha have numerous motel and Airbnb options available. There are 3 basic cabins available on the grounds of Hitchcock Nature Center for a minimal fee as well as both RV and tent camping sites. The county has other parks with cabins and there should be full-service cabins available by the time of the convention. Visit www.Pottcoconservation.com for further information.

There are many fun, family-oriented attractions in Omaha (20 minutes from Hitchcock) and the surrounding area, including the Henry Doorly Zoo and the Old Market Area.

To register, click here.
For more information, email NSWOconference2020@gmail.com