Project Owlnet: The Secretive Journeys of Saw-whet Owls
Speaker: Melissa Acuti, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Did you know that Maryland's smallest owl, the Northern Saw-whet Owl, weighs less than a bar of soap, yet travels thousands of miles over its lifetime? Each fall, these tiny travelers pass through Maryland during their annual migrations. Scientists are now learning much more about the Northern Saw-whet Owl as part of Project Owlnet. Once thought to be a rare species in Maryland, we now know more about these tiny owls and their populations through years of bird banding data. For the last two years, biologist Melissa Acuti has run a Project Owlnet station at SERC, to further the research in Maryland during the fall migration season. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Acuti)
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