Owl Evenings

The McGill Bird Observatory, in collaboration with the Morgan Arboretum, invites you to join them after dark for a night of discovery! Come and witness research in action during the Northern Saw-whet Owl migration monitoring program. We will introduce you to the world of this magnificent little owl, such as where it lives, what it eats, and all about its migration. Come learn about the owl banding program of McGill Bird Observatory, a non-profit group dedicated to the research and monitoring of migratory birds. The evening will include short activities and presentations suitable for the whole family. Will you see an owl? If the weather permits, and depending on the night and the migration of the owls, you may have the opportunity to watch the banding team in action as they band live owls. 

The cost of the evening is 20$ for adults and 10$ for children under 16 (the minimum recommended age is 8 years old). Parking is included in the cost and we invite you to bring a mug as we will serve a warm beverage during the evening. The payment can be done by cash or a cheque payable to “The Migration Research Foundation, Inc.”. All proceeds for this program are used to support the continued research, monitoring, and education efforts by the McGill Bird Observatory. For more information on the Northern Saw-whet Owl migration monitoring program and the McGill Bird Observatory, please visit www.oommbo.org. 

We are also offering an opportunity to “adopt” individual owls.  For each adoption we will issue a personalized 8.5″ x 11″ certificate including your name and a photo, plus details such as its age, sex, and weight, and the date and time of its capture.  Additionally, you will release the owl and we’ll provide you any updates that we receive if the owl is subsequently reported elsewhere. 


October 11 – 12  7:30pm to 10:30pm
October 18 – 19  7:15pm to 10:15pm

English presentations will be given on October 11 and 19 while French presentations will be on October 12 and 18.

Reservations need to be made by calling the Morgan Arboretum at 514-398-7811 from 9am to 4pm.