For the last four years we have conducted our Owl-night-out field trip for the Snow Goose Festival, a fine birding event held in Chico, CA. We hold the event at either of CSU Chico's reserves, the BCCER or BCEP. It corresponds to our "winter sampling" to see if the NSWO are wintering in the area. This year we held it at our OWL3 site at the BCCER. The nine participants were fortunate to meet two darling owls, both caught in the same net run.
They were both females hatched in 2010. One was a recapture from October 15th, which indicates she has been spending the winter (over 3 months) on the Reserve. Both owls were adopted (thank you Rich and Tess!), which helps support our fall monitoring project. Thank you to fine volunteers Raina and Steve King, Nancy Nelson, and Julie Shaw for the great night! All photos are Steve King's.