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Event at Dark Sky Park in Petoskey/Mackinaw City: Owl Banding

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Event at Dark Sky Park in Petoskey/Mackinaw City: Owl Banding

Time: April 5, 2014 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Dark Sky Park/The Headlands - Guest House
Street: 7725 E. Wilderness Park Dr.
City/Town: Mackinaw City
Website or Map: http://www.emmetcounty.org/da…
Phone: 231.348.1713
Event Type: nature
Organized By: Dark Sky Park/The Headlands and Straits Area Audubon Society
Latest Activity: Apr 5

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Owl Banding with Ed Pike and Straits Area Audubon.

Professional birder Ed Pike, licensed bird bander, conducts research on migrating saw-whet owls at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

On Friday, April 4, Ed invites the Straits Area Audubon Society to observe and participate in his activities; and on April 5, the invitation is extended to the general public. Though the event is free and open to the public, space is limited and reservations are required.

To study the little-known saw-whet owl--strictly nocturnal creatures that depend on plumage for camouflage during the day and deep darkness for mating, migration and predation by night--Ed Pike uses mist nets, which he casts into the thickly forested area near the Headlands Guest House. Then, while waiting for the catch, Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program Director Mary Stewart Adams leads participants through the wonders of the night sky.

This is an exceptional program for experiencing what's happening in our nighttime habitats -- and why protecting natural darkness matters so much.

NOTE: Because we are dealing with a sensitive nighttime habitat, space is limited and reservations are required. To make reservations, call 231.348.1713.

Location: Guest House.

Mackinaw City, on I-75, is at the very tip of Michigan's mitt, the last stop before crossing the Mackinac Bridge.

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