Methods are perhaps the most discussed topic when a large multi-investigator study is initiated. They are also discussed at great length when any new project is started. Project Owlnet is committed to facilitating the study of migrating owls in a way that optimizes the cooperative nature of bird banding and facilitates easy comparison of data from a wide variety of stations. Here we provide information on methods essential to establishing a banding station that focuses on the study of owl migration. While much of this information is specific to Northern Saw-whet Owls, the basic concepts can be applied to any owl species.