THE OWL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
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BOOTS ON THE GROUND RESEARCH
It's one of the core tenets of the ORI. We spend hundreds of hours each year in the field and pride ourselves on the ability to operate in a variety of landscapes, uncertain conditions, and the ever-present logistical challenges that accompany working outdoors with wild animals. We often experience exhaustion, frustration, and exasperation. Things break, cars die on the side of the mountain, essential equipment gets stolen, and weather can stall our efforts at any time. Sometimes it all seems to happen at once.
But when it's all said and done, we love what we do. For all the challenges that we face in the field, we have at least as many moments that inspire us to look further and to go farther. We are grateful for the opportunity to study these owls in their natural environments and are compelled by each and every one of these species to continue to try to understand them.
The ORI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to owl and wildlife research, conservation, and education.
OWL RESEARCH INSTITUTE STAFF
Denver Holt is the founder and president of the ORI, a nonprofit he started 30 years ago. Today, it is one of the premier owl research centers in the world, just as Holt is one of the leading experts.
Holt is a widely published author and has been featured in countless articles from National Geographic to the New York Times, as well as many television programs. He has educated and entertained people from all walks of life and enjoys guiding, meeting new people, and expanding his knowledge of wildlife and the natural world.
Matt Larson is a graduate of the University of Montana. He has worked as a research biologist with the Owl Research Institute since 2008. He is a lifelong naturalist and avid outdoorsmen.
His research, focused primarily on North American owls, has afforded him the opportunity to travel and work throughout western Montana and Alaska. He shares his passion for field biology, natural history, and long-term research through public speaking, scientific papers, and as a natural history guide. He lives with his wife and daughters in Missoula, MT.
Liberty DeGrandpre is the Development Coordinator for the Owl Research Institute. A Montana native, she has lived in Charlo, just down the road from the ORI, for 20 years.
Liberty is a graduate of the University of Montana - with a substantial portion of that time spent at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She has worked in business, design, and vocational training.
Liberty enjoys skiing, boating on Flathead Lake, and traveling with her husband and three kids. She brings energy and enthusiasm to every project she heads.
STEVE HIRO, MD
Steve Hiro has been a volunteer with the Owl Research Institute for over 20 years. He assists with all field projects but has a special interest in Pygmy Owls - dedicating hundreds of hours each year to finding, observing, and documenting their behavior.
Steve is a retired heart surgeon. He connected with the ORI when he won a Day in the Field auction item at a fundraiser. Since that time, his involvement continues grows and his knowledge continually expands. Steve leads the Pygmy Owl study has been instrumental in documenting several new discoveries about their behavior.
The Owl Research Institute is dedicated to owl conservation through research and education.
We conduct long-term research on owls, their prey species, and their relationship to the habitat in which they live. We use these data to help maintain viable populations. Additionally, we collaborate on strategic projects; educate the public about owls; and provide research data to land management agencies and conservation partners.
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