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Questions About Long-Eared Owls? Get Answers During Our Live Chat - Jan.30!

As many of you know, the new Long-eared Owl roost cam has provided some incredible owl watching opportunities. It has also brought up a lot of questions about Long-eared Owls and roosting behavior, specifically communal roosting, as seen on the cam. Explore.org is hosting an live chat with Denver Holt and the ORI on Tuesday, January 30, at 1:00 PST. We are going to broadcast from an area near the roost site and answer questions that have been submitted. Have a question you want answered about Long-eared Owls? Submit it HERE>> and join us tomorrow for this informative chat. You can tune in to watch the live stream chat HERE>>. If you can't make it for the live chat, I will post it in this new

A busy time of year for ORI's Matt Larson

With nesting season right around the corner, it's a busy time of year at the Owl Research Institute. Fortunately, we have Matt Larson, who has been checking lots of items off this to-do list! Great Horned Owls will begin nesting in mid-February - a process that is already underway, as evidenced by the mating behavior seen on the explore.org Osprey cam. Because owls are not nest builders, they move into existing nests; around here, these are often the old nests of Magpies. Magpies build domed nests that have a side entrance to an inner cavity - and look like a big ball of sticks and twigs fairly high-up in a tree. Over time, these nests will break down and the inter cavity collapses. When thi

Wait...I thought this was an Osprey Nest?!?

Yes, this was most definitely a Osprey nest! A much loved Osprey nest, with an explore.org live cam, located near the Owl Research Institute in Charlo, Montana. The nesting Osprey were even named after this location: Charlotte and Charlie. The pair successfully raised one chick last season while thousands of eyes watched the magic of this event unfold. A couple months ago, however, cam watchers alerted us to new, nightly activity at the platform nest. Much too early in the season for Osprey to be around, these raptors are definitely not Charlotte and Charlie! Great Horned Owls are among the earliest of nesters and get their pick of available real estate. As the weeks have passed, it seems th

A rare opportunity to see a Long-eared Owl up-close

It is hard to spot an owl. Long-eared Owls are particularly elusive with their incredible camouflage, concealment techniques, and preference for hard to access thickets. So while most people go their whole life and never see one; it is a very rare opportunity to see a Long-eared Owl up-close. On Saturday, the Owl Research Institute spent a day in the field with the Missoula Audubon Society. While we were busy collecting data on the Long-eared Owls, one of the participants, Jeff Hawk, was busy capturing these photos. Because they provide an incredible opportunity to examine Long-eared Owl anatomy, we had to share. We are always so grateful to the talented and generous photographers who captur

Check out the new Long-eared Owl Roost Cam!

As you may know, no Long-eared Owls nested at the explore.org cam site last year - a live cam that is set up at one of our study sites in western Montana. This year, Denver Holt, president of the Owl Research Institute, had the idea to move the cam to a new, nearby location - a spot we could easily identify as a roosting site based on the amount of whitewash and pellets in the area. Denver has wanted to do a roost cam for a long time and, when he approached explore, they were supportive of the change and sent a crew to move and reconfigure the camera. As you can see from the photos, the roost cam has been incredible - capturing as many as 13 Long-eared Owls in one frame! Long-eared Owls are

A Day in the Field with the Five Valleys Audubon Society

It was a great Saturday morning on the Long-eared Owl project as we were joined by the Five Valleys Audubon Society of Missoula, MT. Members came along to learn more about Long-eared Owls, their habitat, population trends, and to see our research in action. Sharing our work with the public is one of our core commitments at the ORI: it is why we pioneered our Day in the Field program. Thanks for joining us Five Valleys Audubon!

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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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