Every October, hundreds of Northern Saw-whet Owls migrate through the backyards of slumbering St. Croix Valley residents, passing unseen through the night. These tiny owls weigh only as much as eight Oreo cookies, yet travel distances in excess of 800 miles in search of safe wintering grounds.
Join St. Croix River Association staff and local owl researcher and Executive Director of Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings, MN, Jennifer Vieth, to learn about the international research underway to unravel the mysteries of the Northern Saw-whet Owl’s seasonal movements.
The event is one of many in 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, which became a national park with the passage of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. Thanks to federal protections, the Riverway — which includes the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers — still offers clean water, breathtaking beauty, and abundant recreation.
Coldwell Banker Burnet