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It's here! Breeding season is upon us.

Each year, Great Horned Owls ring in the breeding season with their iconic hoots that fill the night sky. As the first species to breed in western Montana, we usually encounter the first nest in mid-February, with the rest of the owl species falling in line after this. 

The breeding season is the most exciting time of year! Be sure to follow us on social media for all our latest updates! Also, check out our annual newsletter, The Roost, for all our 2020 project news!

Photo: Great Horned Owl and chick, Montana © Kurt Lindsay

The Owl Research Institute

Dedicated to owl conservation through research and education

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We conduct long-term research on owls, their prey species, and their relationship to the habitat in which they live. 

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We provide partners, such as federal and state agencies, private conservation groups, and land owners, with vital information to promote meaningful and informed habitat management. 

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Research Projects That Need Your Support

Thanks to you, the Owl Research Institute maintains long-term research on 10 owl species in Montana and Alaska. Our research is a critical step in understanding how to effectively preserve a future for owls.

 

Featured here are some of our priority projects for 2021 in need of funding. Choose a project to support or make a general donation that will be applied where it is needed the most.  

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Climate Change and Snowy Owls
 

Understanding why populations are declining is the first step toward remedies.​

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Great Gray Owls & Snag Data for Forest Management

Snags are a critical component of forest ecosystems and provide homes for a myriad of species. Again and again, we find them removed from otherwise ideal Great Gray habitat.

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Taking the Long-View on Long-Eared Owls
 

With significantly declining populations, our long-term research and monitoring is critical to our understanding of the bigger picture. 

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