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Owl Banding at the Beaverhill Bird Observatory

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Enjoy a COVID SAFE, exclusive evening of Owl Banding at the Beaverhill Bird Observatory (BBO), Canada’s second oldest bird research station!

About this event

This annual fall migration of owls occurs from September until early November, with October being the peak in their abundance. Species captured include Northern Saw-whet Owls, Long-eared Owls and Boreal Owls. Join our biologists for an evening in the woods to learn about the research being conducted on our feathery friends and hopefully see a live owl up close and personal!*

Nets open 30mins after sunset and run for 6-7 hours, weather permitting. Weather that would shut down and CANCEL banding include: rain/heavy snow, wind >30km/hr, and temperatures below -15˚C. Check the weather before you leave by looking at the weather forecast for Tofield, Alberta.

PLEASE NOTE: It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check the weather before you leave.

Owl Banding Tickets Cancellation Policy

If BBO cancels owl banding due to weather, we will make every effort to rebook you. If that doesn't work we will issue a refund. Tickets are transferable so if you cancel, the money spent on your tickets will be considered a donation.

A tax receipt for cancellations can be issued if requested.

Directions on how to get to the BBO can be found on our website HERE.

TICKET PRICES (website fees included in price)

General Admission: $25/person

Child (16 years or younger): $10/child

Children age 5 and under are free


• Warm clothing – dress for the outdoors!

• Headlamp/flashlight

• Face mask - mandatory

• A thermos/travel mug with your choice of warm beverage (you will want it!)


1. All participants will be asked to sign in upon arrival for contact tracing purposes

2. Participants should be fully vaccinated.

3. Participants should have a face mask

4. Participants must not have traveled internationally or outside the province in the 14 days prior to the start of the trip.

5. Participants exhibiting cold or flu symptoms, or who have been exposed to others with cold or flu symptoms should not attend.

Participants should answer no to all of the following:

Do you have:

  • Fever > 38C
  • New onset of cough or worsening cough
  • New of worsening shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Have you been exposed to COVID-19
  • Have you tested positive of COVID-19 in the past 10 days

If you answer yes to any of these, you should not attend.

*We do not guarantee that an owl will be captured during your visit. They are wild animals and are influenced by the time of year and weather patterns. However, at the BBO we do catch between 300-500 owls per season so there is a high chance of seeing one if you are willing to put in the time and stay up late!


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Owl Buttons $1 each

One Size Fits 'Owl' Toque $20 each

Adjustable Owl Face Mask $20 each

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