All about Private Owl-Night Bookings
Over the past few years, our owl banding evenings have become very popular. So popular in fact that it has become almost impossible to accommodate all the visitors that show up on any giving evening. Although the popularity of owl banding is very encouraging and demonstrates how much people care about the owls in our environment, it has become very difficult for our researchers and owl educators to do the best job they are capable of. To adjust for this popular marsh activity we will be open to the public every Wednesday night from 8pm-11pm. Typically we have owls by 9:30 pm so it is not too late for the kiddos! We will also be promoting a public visit over the Thanksgiving weekend (but be warned this evening is super crowded so best reserved for those with visiting family) All other nights will be available for private bookings. The advantage of booking a private night is you and your guests will be able to spend some quality time with our research and education staff. There will be opportunities to dissect real owl pellets which is a hit with the youngsters and generally leave with a better understanding of these wonderful creatures of the night! We also encourage you to bring snacks and beverages to share with your guests :) Who wouldn't want to have a cozy evening with 30 of your closest friends and the most adorable birds banded at the Hilliardton Marsh!
Well behaved children are very welcomed during owl banding nights, but please note that children may have difficutly waiting patiently for the owls to arrive, as we typically don't check the nets until 9-9:30pm. Also a portion of the evening is an educational peice where visitors have the chance to listen to our researchers explain the science behind owl banding. Vistiors also have the opportunity to ask questions.
Owl Banding runs from the second Wednesday of September until the Wednesday after Thanksgiving
Private Group Rates: $350 for up to 30 people
Public drop in rate: (Wednesday and Thanksgiving only)
$10/person, Members and children under 10 are free
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A WEATHER DEPENDANT ACTIVITY- IN THE EVENT OF RAIN THE EVENING WILL BE CANCELLED WITHOUT CHARGE
If you would like to learn more about Owl banding or are ready to book a Private night please send us an email by clicking the link below. Please check our calendar to see availability. Prime nights will book up fast, so don't wait!