HBMO Owl Adoption Program

As part of HBMO’s commitment to the greater understanding of migration and conservation of birds, we conduct banding research programs on owls in the Holiday Beach Conservation Area. To help support these research initiatives, you can adopt one of these banded owls.

SawWhetOwlCertificateFinalAs an adopter, you will receive a digital 8.5″ x 11″ Certificate of Adoption that you can print and frame or easily share online with others. The certificate will include the adopter’s name, a photo of the owl just before release, the unique band number, and other important information including the age and sex of the owl. If the owl is recaptured anywhere, we will let you know.

To adopt, just click the “Adopt Me” button by the owl of your choice and you will be taken to our secure PayPal online payment site. Your certificate will be emailed to you within 1-2 weeks. To pay by cheque, please complete and mail in this form.

Adoptions Make Great Gifts

Are you looking to adopt an owl as a gift? No problem! Add the name you would like on the certificate in the “Name on Certificate (Adopter)” field and then click “Adopt Me“.


Banded Owls for Adoption

15524177607_17d7d2713e_oNorthern Saw-Whet Owl

A very small owl with a rounded head and bright yellow eyes. This is one of the most common owls found in forests across North America. These owls are nocturnal and produce a high-pitched too-too-too call.


Northern Saw-Whet Owl Adoption Details
Name on Certificate (Adopter)

LEOWLong-Eared Owl

A medium-sized and slender owl with long ear tufts. These nocturnal hunters roost in dense foliage, and forage over grasslands for small mammals.  These owls produce a low hoot and strange barking calls.


Long-Eared Owl Adoption Details
Name on Certificate (Adopter)

ESOEastern Screech-Owl

A short, stocky bird, with a large head and almost no neck. Common in woods, suburbs, and parks, and they’re even willing to nest in backyard nest boxes. These supremely camouflaged birds hide out in nooks and tree crannies through the day, so train your ears to listen for their mysterious trill at night.


Eastern Screech-Owl Adoption Details
Name on Certificate (Adopter)


If you have any questions about the adoption program, please complete this contact form and we will get back to you.


Owl descriptions sourced from allaboutbirds.org.