This is an interview from 2017 that I thought I'd refresh. :) When it comes to documenting change in the natural world, Denver Holt has some data to fall back on. He has studied owls in the wild for over 30 years and is one of world’s leading experts. The founder and lead researcher of the Owl Research Institute (ORI) answers questions about the research and conservation. You’ve been studying owls for a very long time. Does the research ever get monotonous? Not at all, things
Help fill our funding cup & we'll send you a very special cup in return! In celebration of our 30th year Anniversary at the Owl Research Institute, we are raising our cup to generous donors like you! While supplies last, if you help 'fill our cup' by making a donation of $130 or more, we'll send you a cup in return! It's our way of saying thank-you for making owl research and conservation a priority in your life - and celebrating this important 30-year milestone for the Owl R
Last Friday morning, ORI intern and Social Media Coordinator Brooklin Hunt received a call regarding a potentially-injured owl on a roadway near her home. “The poor guy is just sitting in the middle of a road in a puddle of water. He won’t even move,”, the caller explained, “I’m worried he will get ran over!”. Recognizing this as unusual owl behavior, Brooklin hurried to the scene with hopes to move the owl to safety. Sure enough, the owl - a Great Horned Owl - was injured: t
A BIG shout out to Eskimos, Inc. Powersports of Barrow, Alaska for giving us a great deal on our new four wheeler - a fantastic 2018 Polaris Sportsman 1000 ATV! In addition to a generous price break, they have offered to do the maintenance, supply specialized gear, and store the ATV during the off season! These guys are awesome! For the owners of Eskimos, Inc, it was important that we've been coming back 27 years; that we've hired several Inupiat kids over the years; publishe
The extreme climate and unique ecological conditions of Barrow, Alaska make it a place of interest for researchers from around the world and from a variety of disciplines. When weather is bad or the tundra is inaccessible, these down-times lend themselves to learning about the research of others, exchanging information and ideas, and helping each other out with projects. Rachel Pernick and Mark Mullinger are researchers from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).
Deep snow, cold, and then runoff saw the Snowy Owl season off to a challenging start, but the tundra continually becomes more and more accessible. Today, lead researcher Denver Holt discovered the season's first hatch. Another egg in this nest displays a fracture, or pip, indicating a second hatch will likely be within the day. A female Snowy Owl lays her eggs asynchronously - not at the same time. She usually lays four to eight round, white eggs; one every two to three days.
Following is a FB post from Melissa Groo, a wildlife photographer who has been working with Denver Holt in Alaska. Melissa is on assignment with Smithsonian magazine photographing Snowy Owls for a story on our climate change project. Melissa describes her experience in this fantastic bit of writing. Follow Melissa on FB to see her incredible body of wildlife photography here: https://www.facebook.com/melissa.groo Iphone shot of the back of my camera this morning, in a blind.
Each year, the start of the Snowy Owl breeding season triggers a migration for the Owl Research Institute. Like clockwork, lead researcher Denver Holt and crew head to the Alaskan Arctic to conduct the Snowy Owl Breeding Ecology and Lemming Population Study - a project now in its 27th year. Researcher Matt Larson arrived in Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow) last week to get logistics in order, survey for nests, and identify study sites. Denver will arrive in two weeks to begin rese