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Monday, May 27th, 2024

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Answering the call for some owl banding

UW-Stevens Point students (l-r) Sophie Hauser, Aiden Gehrke, and Dana Lotz, prepare to set up mist nets to capture saw-whet owls at the Sandhill Wildlife Area.

Back at the vehicle, the students took turns explaining the process of weighing, measuring, aging, and sexing the bird.
Data was meticulously recorded. There is a large national network of volunteers and professionals who do this each fall. Each owl gets a band, like those that are put on waterfowl. The number on each band goes into a national data base. When a bird is trapped again, it helps scientists understand where birds travel to, how long they live, and other important information.

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