Adopt-A-Saw-whet Owl

Adopt-A-Saw-whet Owl

A Charismatic Little Owl 

Northern Saw-whet Owls are the tiniest owls found in eastern North America, and for many years their migrations were a complete mystery.   But, in the past few decades biologists working together under the auspices of Project Owlnet  have begun to shed light on the migration biology of this very charismatic little owl. 

Your Personalized Adoption - $75

For the cost of one of the specialized mist nets used for this project, $75, you can adopt one of the Northern Saw-whet Owls banded this fall.  For your donation, you will receive:

  • a certificate with a photo of your owl taken at the time of its banding
  • your owl’s  band number
  • your owl’s vital statistics at the time of banding, including weight, sex, and approximate age.
  • In addition, if your owl is ever recaptured by Bob or any of the other Project Owlnet banders around the country, Bob will notify you by email with full details of the recapture.

So, why not adopt a Northern Saw-whet Owl today for you, or for the owl-lovers in your circle of family and friends!

Purchase your Northern Saw-whet Owl Adoption Online Now!
Or call Ted Bartlett at 412-258-9433 to pay by phone.


More Details on Project Owlnet

Migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl

Each fall more than a hundred owl banders throughout the U.S. and Canada spend cold nights at remote sites trying to document the unseen passage of these owls.  They erect mist nets for safely catching the owls, and use a loud audio lure—a playback of the owl’s distinctive and monotonous “toot-toot-tot-toot-toot” call—to draw any passing owls into the nets. 

Project Owlnet Monitors Saw-whet Owl Migration

In 2013 the National Aviary’s ornithologist, Bob Mulvihill, established a Project Owlnet site near the City of Pittsburgh, in a region where nothing was previously known about the migration of Northern Saw-whet owls.  From mid-October through early December that year and next Bob operated a station in Sewickley Heights Borough Park 10 miles northwest of downtown Pittsburgh.  His results in 2013 and 2014 were more than 25 owls caught and banded, plus one recapture of an owl banded three weeks prior 140 miles to the north in Long Point, Ontario!

For a more detailed history and statistics on Project Owlnet, or information participating in Project Owlnet, click here.

Project Owlnet