Saw Whet Owl Banding Station

We banded 35 saw whets this season. It was a pretty wet season and we probably would have banded quite a few more if it did not rain all the time, but it was very successful.

The first week of the saw whet owl banding station

The nets openned on 14 September for the first full season of the Paul Smiths Saw Whet Owl Banding Station.  We caught 3 owls in the first 4 days.  One day we were rained out and one day we closed very early.

The Paul Smiths College Visitor Interpretive Center’s Saw Whet Owl Banding Station

The Paul Smiths College Visitor Interpretive Center Saw Whet Owl Banding Station will begin on 14th of September and run through to the 4th of November. The station will be open to the public on a first come first serve basis starting 1 October and running through to the end of the season. We start at sunset each night and people do need to register in advance, we will not take unannounced walk ins. The cost for a night is $10.00 per student on owl nights (the Saturdays from 5:00 through 11:00 PM of October) and $20.00 for adults. On these days we will bring in owls and do presentations about each owl before the station is opened. Read More

Banding a hawk owl

Banding a hawk owl in Potsdam, NY.

Huge Day with Fran

Today was a huge day for me and my kestrel Fran. We got her from a nest box in late June and have been training her to come to us. Today, we free flew her off the leash. She came to me 6 times and avoided me when I tried to put her back on the leash. But finally, we got her safe and sound back in the house. Our first day of free flying is under our belt!

A busy day today

Busy day for me and the birds today. Will be in Potsdam at the Tractor Supply at 10 AM, Pal Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center at 2 PM and finally the Lake Placid Lodge at 5 PM. Come join us if you have the time!

Great Camp Sagamore Visit

Adrondack Raptorswill be at the Great Camp Sagamore in Racquette Lake, NY today at 2:15 PM. If you are in the area stop on in and enjoy the show.

American Kestrel PBS Documentary

The documentary was made after the first 9 years of the project.

Fran the kestrel

I am sitting here at my computer with my kestrel, Fran, sitting on my left hand.. We are working very hard to gain a stronger bond and get her ready for starlings. There is something peaceful about listening to a falcon chirp to you while you are working.

Welcome to the new Adirondack Raptors Web Page

The staff at ADK Raptors is excited to bring you our new web page format just in time to prepare for the upcoming Northern Saw Whet Owl Banding Station season.  We will begin conducting the station on 14 September 2012 and will run through 4 November.  Come and join us for a day catching and banding the Northeastern United States’ smallest owl.

Kait with one of the first northern saw whet owls captured at the Paul Smiths Banding Station in the northern Adirondacks.