The value of long-term research is best observed when an old project starts to tell a new story. Such is the case with our Snowy Owl study based out of Barrow, Alaska. The study began to understand the relationship of Snowy Owls to lemmings and the implications to breeding. Twenty-six years later we have examined and documented answers to many additional research queries. We now embark on a collaborative project that utilizes this existing data in a new way. The project wi
Fall has returned to western Montana! You can tell by the changing color of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, and yes, the start of our annual owl migration banding project. This is our 7th autumn at our banding station on the outskirts of Missoula and 9th season overall. Northern Saw-whet Owls are well known to be highly migratory, and as with many species of owls, numbers fluctuate widely from year to year and place to place. Whether this species is an irruptive migrant
We are so pleased to announce that ORI's Founder, Denver Holt, has been awarded the 2018 Chandler S. Robbins Award from the American Birding Association (ABA)! This national award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to bird conservation and birder education. Congratulations Denver - what a fantastic honor! Holt's lifelong dedication to the owl species of North America has earned him this prestigious national award. Stay tuned for the award announce
The 2018 Hat Party proved to be an incredible night of music, dancing, food, and over 300 friends...all for owls! Thanks to everyone who came out to support ORI and celebrate 30 years with us! HAT PARTY GOERS - WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The party ended with lots of great memories but very few photos! Not good! If you have any photos or videos of the night - hats, dancing, the bands, anything - please, please, please send them our way!! You can message them through FB, email to owlr