Monthly Archives: February 2008

Short-eared owl banding

Bell shaes trap
BC Trap used to catch Short-eared owls

Mon@rch and I left yesterday to go to a banding station outside of buffalo to attempt to catch Short-eared owls. The owls like to come out at dusk and they are looking for mice and other food. There are post traps, BC traps and a bow trap. The BC trap seen above has Meadow Voles in it along with some dried hay; the sound of the Voles running through the hay attracts the owls making them think it is dinner time. When the birds come down to catch the mouse they hit the top of the trap and try to fly away. The nooses get a hold of them and the get tangled in them when it goes to the nooses tighten around the owls feet Continue reading


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