Come get up close and personal with owls


TAYLOR COUNTY—Avian enthusiasts are invited to take part in an event that is sure to be unlike any they have ever attended, and one that will get them up close and personal with owls.

Fall is in full swing and that means that it’s time for some feathered friends to head south.

Join Joey Herron at Valley Falls State Park, located on the border of Taylor and Marion Counties as he attempts to catch, band and release Northern Saw-Whet Owls, during his public owl banding gatherings.

Guests are invited to watch as he carefully examines, weighs and bands the tiny Northern Saw-Whet as they migrate through the area.

Banding is the practice of attaching a small, individually numbered metal or plastic tag to the leg or wing of a bird, as a means to track each specimen individually.

Public viewing nights will be held this weekend, Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12. 

Since these birds are nocturnal, banding will begin at 8:30 p.m., so be sure to dress warmly and bring a folding chair.

Herron is a Master Birder, Certified Bird-Bander and an excelled photographer who had devoted much of his life to the study of avian species. Not only will guests get an up-close look at Northern Saw-Whets, but they will also walk away with increased knowledge about the birds.

Those interested in attending need to email Herron at [email protected] to let him know which night you would like to attend so that he can have a head count of guests.

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