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Northern Saw-Whet Release

I think I've watched this video a thousand times and I know I'll watch it a thousand more! While owls don't get much cuter than the Northern Saw-Whet, I also love those furry legs, the power in its take off, and the way he comfortably uses Matt's finger as a launching pad. While on the Montana Migration Project, Owl Researcher, Matt Larson, works late and long hours to capture Northern Saw-Whet Owls, bring them into the camper to record data and band them, then quickly let them go again. We plan to continue this study and to refine our methods in order to determine if Western Montana is a migration flyway for owls.

Owl Research Institute's Season Kick Off for the Montana Migration Project

It's the fall kick off of the Montana Migration project so Owl Researcher Matt Larson is back to keeping owl hours! In order to capture, band and record data on this Project, Larson starts his work when the rest of us are getting ready to call it a day...just like the owls do. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be an owl researcher, this video will give you a good, and very quick idea! To date, The Owl Research Institute has captured over 70 Northern Saw-whet Owls. Despite the number of bands, recaptures are rare. Over time, however, a collection of data can help us understand the patterns and movements of Northern Saw-whet Owls and perhaps identify important habitats.

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Thank you to:

Kurt Lindsay: https://kurtlindsay.smugmug.com/Nebulosa/i-7D8Wh9d

Daniel J Cox: http://naturalexposures.com

Radd Icenoggle: https://www.flickr.com/photos/radley521

Melissa Groo: https://www.melissagroo.com

Ly Dang: https://www.nature2pixels.com

Tom Murphy: https://www.tmurphywild.com/

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