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A New Way to "Look Out for Owls" Coming Soon!

Friends and Supporters of the Owl Research Institute, Funding a nonprofit is always challenging, and it's no different at the Owl Research Institute. We are always so grateful to those who make the very personal decision to help fund the work we do. Every dollar helps and, given our small size, your contribution has immediate and measurable effects. When it comes charitable giving, we know that different things work for different people. For those of you who want to help - and proudly show your support - here's a new way to help fund our work and "Look Out" for our feathered friends! On Tuesday, November 14th, tee-shirts and sweatshirts, in some great colors, will be available for purchase t

Owl Research Institute Returning Volunteer, Angie Marbais

10/27/2017 - After a week in the field with lots of late nights, physical work, incredible moments with owls, laughter and, at times, frustration, the Owl Research Institute said good-bye to Ohio resident and volunteer, Angie Marbais. She was really beginning to feel like one of the team! While physical work is nothing new to Angie - who works in physical therapy - five consecutive days in the field can be tiring. But Angie was up to the challenge, expanding her role, learning new things about owls, and enjoying her Montana experience. Last year, she visited in February - a trip that came to fruition after attending an Audubon presentation Denver gave in Ohio. She approached him about volunt

Educational Owl Presentation to Montana Academy Students

10/25/2017 - The Owl Research Institute spent a wonderful day at the Montana Academy in Kila, Montana. Denver taught students and staff alike about the 15 species of owls in Montana - from identifying features, to where to find them, to the calls they make. By the end of the presentation we had some expert Hooters and Tooters in the audience! As is often the case, we learn so much about each place we present. In this case, we learned about Montana Academy's approach and culture, their systems, the facility, and the incredible success they have seen setting kids on a positive path. They very kindly invited us to join them for a delicious lunch. It was an inspiring visit we hope to make again.

Great Gray Nest (of Live Cam fame!) Measured for Conservation Efforts

10/25/2017 Today we visited the Great Gray Owl nest. While currently empty, with no Great Gray's sighted in the immediate area, we are hopeful they will return to nest here this year. If I were an owl, there is no doubt that this would be my dream home! The main objective of the visit was to measure the nest. Similar to the cavity nesting owls, Great Gray Owls often use very large, dead, broken-topped trees (snags). However, these owls nest on the top where the tree has broken. Due to the Great Gray's huge size, nest trees have to be large enough to accommodate them. By recording a series of measurements, we should be able to provide forest managers data to preserve and manage for these tree

Long-Eared Owl Count Appears Strong This Fall

10/23/217 - It was a beautiful day in the field on the Long-eared Owl Project. We were joined by dedicated volunteer, Steve Hiro, and second year volunteer, all the way from Ohio, Angie Marbais. We combed two, thickly-wooded draws, flushing 13 owls (11 Long-eared Owls and 2 Great-Horned Owls) and capturing four Long-eared's for banding and data collection. The Long-eared Owl project season is off to a great start. The following day, 22 Long-eared owls were flushed in a separate, but nearby, study site. In regard to the numbers Research Matt Larson said this "is not an abnormal event, especially in the fall. It seems like we've had a lot of owls in the fall the last couple of years, but they

The 2017 Montana Migration Project Winds Down

The 2017 Montana Migration Project is winding down for the season, as the Northern Saw-Whet Owls finalize their migration out of Montana into warmer areas. Last night's post (10/24/2017) yielded four captured owls, bringing this years total to 154. Since the project's launch in 2010, over 1,300 have been captured and banded. The Northern Saw-Whet Owls are captured in mist nets, then banded, weighed, measured, and assessed for other metrics such as sex, age, and general health. Weather factors such as temperature, wind, and moon cycle are also recorded and entered into the project data base. Researcher Matt Larson heads up the project and spends many cold nights, and early mornings, banding t

A Rehabilitated Young Barn Owl Finds a Home at the Owl Research Institute

The Owl Research Institute has a new resident, and we hope he will stick around! Meet Wesley - a beautiful young Barn Owl who was rescued and raised by Beth Benjamin Watne, Director of Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center, after someone dropped the owlet at her facility in Columbia Falls, Montana, and drove away. She doesn't have any information about how the owlet came to be in this situation, she just knew he wouldn't survive without her help. A very young, fuzzy owlet at the time, Beth has nurtured the Barn Owl until he was ready for his release into the wild. The Owl Research Institute has a large barn and lots of surrounding habitat that make this location a good choice for his entry int

The Owl Research Institute in the field on the Long-Eared Owl Project

Last week the Owl Research Institute spent a beautiful fall day in the field on the Long-Eared Owl research project. Many owls were spotted (10 Long-Eared Owls and two Great Horned Owls) and we were able to band and record data on four Long-Eared Owls - as seen here. Over 30 years in the running, the Owl Research Institute has banded (as of last week) over 1,900 Long-Eared Owls! This is longest running study of its kind and is revealing important population data about a species in decline. The need for habitat conservation comes into focus - several of our study areas that were once prime Long-Eared Owl habitat are now the site of subdivisions. The owls we captured, however, seemed to be hea

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We are so grateful to the photographers who capture owls, and our work, in the most amazing ways. They generously share their work with us, and you. Check out the works of some of the photographers whose work is featured on our site! They are incredible talented artists who are committed to wildlife conservation.

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/

Deborah Hanson



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