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Northern Saw-Whet Christmas Owl

During our Christmas Bird count over the weekend, a Northern Saw-Whet Owl roost was discovered. We returned to the site yesterday and were able to capture and band this gorgeous little owl for research and conservation. She was released immediately afterwards. Finding one of these in December is always a Christmas treat!

Wintry day on the Long-eared Owl Project

It was a wintry day on the Long-eared Owl project. What started out as a crisp, winter morning, turned to heavy snowfall and falling temps by mid-afternoon. We captured and banded three Long-eared Owls, but packed it in early due to weather - we didn't want to further stress the birds. The ORI Researchers were kind enough to let my husband and kids come along on this day in the field, and wasted no time getting them involved. They helped flush the draws, set up nets, and got to observe every aspect of the research process. Denver always says that this is where conservation really starts - by helping people connect, personally, with nature and wildlife. I couldn't agree more. Although my kids

Flathead Beacon Article: Power of the Owl

Great article by Tristan Scott of the Flathead Beacon. Tristan and photographer Greg Lindstrom spent a day with Denver and the ORI after they inquired about doing a story on the Snowy Owl migration. Given the low Snowy numbers in the Mission Valley this year, however, the story instead meanders through many aspects of the ORI and our search for this elusive bird. Thanks Tristan and Greg - we loved spending the day with you and love the article and photos! READ POWER OF THE OWL >>

Alabama Ornithological Society - Denver Holt, Keynote Speaker

Denver Holt, Owl Research Institute president, will be the keynote speaker at the Alabama Ornithological Society Winter Meeting in Crawfordville, Florida on January 27, 2018. His presentation topic will be Adaptations in Owls. Click on the following link to read the article and view the entire AOS newsletter. AOS Newsletter, The Yellowhammer >>

Owls of Montana - Bozeman, MT

The Sacajawea Audubon of Bozeman hosted an great event on Monday, December 11, at the Ellen Theater in downtown Bozeman. Denver Holt gave his 'Owls of Montana' talk which was attended by almost 400 people. It was a great evening and, hopefully, raised some good donations for the Sacajawea Audubon. A very special thanks to everyone at the Sacajawea Audubon who made the event possible, and Lehrkind Mansion for the beautiful and generous accommodations.

Join us in Bozeman Tonight for Owls of Montana presentation

Hosted by the Bozeman Sacajawea Audubon Society, Denver Holt will give a presentation on the Owls of Montana tonight. The event starts at 7:00 at the Ellen Theater in Bozeman. A $5.00 donation is encouraged and all proceeds help fund the Sacajawea Audubon Society. Should be a great night filled with owl facts, calls, and photos. Hope to see you there!

Volunteers Needed: Short-eared Owl Monitoring

Dear Short-eared Owl Enthusiasts, We need your help. The Owl Research Institute is embarking on a 3-year collaborative study to monitor Short-eared Owl populations in the western U.S. The study will rely on volunteers to make it a success. Project WAfLS (Western Asio flammeus Landscape Study), involves 15 other agencies and organizations across 8 states and is designed to assess the population status, trends, and threats against the Short-eared Owl – an enigmatic, open-country species. This project, funded by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a rare example of cooperation and collaboration on a large scale and is an opportunity to influence and focus conservation and restor

Have you seen a Snowy Owl?

December 5th marked this season's second Snowy Owl sighting in the Mission Valley, that the ORI is aware of. We received a report from a reliable source of a sighting on November 8. This week, nearly a month later, Denver received a tip from a friend, and found what he thinks was a young female in a farmers field. The ORI has been extensively scouting the area - we are just not seeing Snowy Owls in numbers. Michigan and Ohio are reporting large numbers this year. Our scouting trips have seen countless Red Tail and Rough-legged Hawks - so we know there is food available - just no Snowies. They may still arrive, it is not too late to rule them out, so we will continue to scout and hope to find

Charlo Osprey Cam gets an upgrade

Followers of explore.org's Osprey cam, located in Charlo, MT near the Owl Research Institute, just enjoyed a viewing upgrade! A camera crew from Explore spent two days at the site: replacing the existing cam and making improvements to the wiring and overall set-up. The camera was down during maintenance. When it went live again, the picture quality proved to be great and the view spectacular. Camera operators from Explore will have the ability to adjust the view remotely, depending on what is going on in the nest. The camera provides 24/7 viewing, filming in infrared during the night. Right now, there are no Osprey, however; Great Horned Owls have been frequenting the nest, using its perch a

"I'm Looking Out for Owls" T-shirt Campaign A Success - Thank You!

To Everyone Who Supported our T-Shirt Fundraiser: We did it! We met our goal of 100 “I’m Looking Out for Owls” shirts sold, and raised $1550.00 from our first ever T-shirt campaign! We are celebrating at the Owl Research Institute! Hoot! Hoot! We are grateful for your generosity and for supporting our work at the Owl Research Institute. We loved reading the great comments and appreciate that so many of you made additional donations. Together, we can continue to “Look Out for Owls” – working to better understand these incredible raptors and helping to protect the habitats they call home. Shirts ordered by November 30th will be delivered around December 18th. In case you want to purchase anoth

ORI National Geographic Article turns 15!

It was exactly 15 years ago that National Geographic featured the Owl Research Institute's work with Snowy Owls as their cover story, The Magic of Snowy Owls, written by Lynne Warren, Photos by Daniel J. Cox. The Snowy Owl Breeding Ecology and Lemming Population Study in Barrow, Alaska, began in 1992, and is the longest running study of its kind in North America. The initial research question was to evaluate the predator-prey relationship between the Snowy Owl and Brown Lemming – the owl’s primary food source. As with most studies, a host of other simple questions arose, and the study grew to monitor growth rates, plumage development, stress response to research, nest defense behavior, satel

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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/

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