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Rehabbed Great Gray Owl Banding

Here's some Great Gray news of a different kind. :) Beth Watne, Director of Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center in Columbia Falls, MT, is been rehabbing an injured Great Gray Owl and will release it back into the wild very soon. While ORI's research is based on wild owls and conducted in the field, situations like these are a great opportunity for us to expand banding pools and our knowledge of western Montana Great Gray populations. Since we won't be able to join her for the release, we visited her facility yesterday and, in Part I, you will see the banding process. In Part II, the Great Gray tests her flight and landing abilities. Despite a permanent eye injury she looks to be in good healt

Osprey Nest Suffers Great Horned Owl Attacks

For those of you who don't follow the Osprey livecam the Owl Research Institute hosts through a partnership with Explore.org... the season has gotten off to a rocky start. After much relief and excitement over the Charlotte and Charlie's return, nesting neighbors - a Great Horned Owl pair - started causing trouble. For three nights in a row, Charlie was attacked while sleeping on his perch, as seen above, by the male Great Horned Owl. Last night the Osprey pair switched things up - with Charlotte, the larger of the two ,as is typical in birds of prey, taking the perch for the night. While we don't know why they did this - could be an adaptive strategy; could be random - we hope it continues

Visit From Hawk Mountain Researcher

The Owl Research Institute had the recent pleasure of hosting Dr. Jean-Francois Therrien, Senior Research Biologist at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, Pennsylvania. It was a great visit which JF describes in a blog post here: http://www.raptordiaries.com/blog/2018/4/11/6820dlha16ujb8ozjnrnbn61fpcqn0

Charlo Ospreys Return to the Nest!

April 11 marked the return of Osprey, Charlotte and Charlie, to their Charlo, Montana nest. The nest is located just down the road from the Owl Research Institute and has 24/7 live stream coverage, brought to you by our friends at explore.org. Charlotte arrived at 9:49 AM and Charlie was not far behind, arriving at 1:34 PM. They appear to be doing well and getting reacquainted with each other. We are relieved that they are here and claiming the nest as there own...it seemed to be a coveted property in the thriving goose community! Here's to a successful nesting season for beautiful Charlotte and Charlie! Join the community and watch the action here: https://explore.org/livecams/owl-research-

Great Gray Owl Live Chat

April 10th Question and Answer chat with the Owl Research Institute's Denver Holt, Matt Larson, and Liberty DeGrandpre. The chat focused on the Great Gray Owl nest which has a 24/7 live cam. We hope the Great Grays return to the nest soon.

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

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

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