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Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Project Owlnet

Project Owlnet

Friday, October 25, 2019 - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 6:30pm - 12:15am
Event Location
Reed Education Center

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is hosting a Project Owlnet site, part of a network of sites scattered throughout the US and Canada that track the migration and population changes of Northern Saw-whet Owls.

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Event Details

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is hosting a Project Owlnet site, part of a network of sites scattered throughout the US and Canada that track the migration and population changes of Northern Saw-whet Owls.

This is a VERY popular project. Please sign up for a MAXIMUM of 3 nights! We want to be able to offer the opportunity to as many people as possible.

Volunteers will assist with banding and measuring the owls. Volunteers will work from after sunset until approximately midnight. Volunteers ages 12+ are welcome (volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult). We can accommodate a maximum of 3 volunteers under the age of 16 per night. Please do not bring anyone with you that you don't include in the count for your party! Space is limited, so we are unable to accommodate extra people.

We prefer volunteers who can stay the whole time (until midnight). We may be able to accommodate volunteers who need to leave early. These decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact me if you have any questions. As a note, the number of owls tends to increase throughout the evening, so those who leave early may be less likely to see owls.

Please note that you may or may not see any owls on a given night. We have no way to predict the number or timing of owls, so there may be nights with no owls and there may be nights with lots. We have no way to know ahead of time.

This activity is highly weather dependent. We will have to cancel if there is rain or if there is a small craft advisory. If we have to cancel, I will email everyone who has signed up by 4PM.

Sampling may be canceled due to weather. Sampling start times for each evening will shift somewhat as days get shorter and with the end of daylight savings time. Specific start times will be sent the week before the event.

Contact Alison Cawood at cawooda@si.edu for questions.

 
 
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SERC Public Tour - October 26th
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SERC Public Tour - October 26th

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am
Event Location
Reed Education Center

Did you know that trees breathe? That beaver ponds can teach us how to clean water? That there are zombie crabs in our rivers? Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard!

Advance Registration Required
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Event Details

Experience an insider's view of SERC on one of our free public tours. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you'll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You'll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian's first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tours are adult-oriented and will include walks on forest paths and marsh walkways. Tours may not be suitable for children under 12. Proper footwear is required (no flip-flops). Regrettably, our vans are not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

SERC loves animals, but because we're an active research facility, we can't accommodate pets on tours. Please leave all pets at home except service animals.

All tours are approximately two hours long and start at the Reed Education Center (directions). Tours are limited to 10 people and require advance signup. Larger groups, please contact Sarah Wade at WadeS@si.edu to arrange a group tour. If you have questions or comments, or if the tour you wish to attend is at capacity and you would like to be added to a waitlist, send us a message at SERCPublictours@si.edu

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