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Climate Change, Snowy Owls & Arctic Ecosystems

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 will work to better understand, and document, the effects of climate change on the declining Snowy Owl and lemming populations of our study area. Collaborative in nature, we will partner with climate change researchers and

Montana Migration Project kicks off for 2018

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 responding to changing prey densities, similar to Snowy or Short-eared Owls is currently unknown. Nonetheless, large scale migrations are known to occur from time to time. To date we’ve banded over 1,200 Northern Saw-whe

Denver Holt Awarded 2018 Chandler S. Robbins Award

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 announcement in the American Birding Association's October issue of Birding magazine and award presentation at the Space Coast Birding Festival in Florida this January. Here's more about the man for who the award is named: The A

The Best Hat Party! Thanks for 30 Years!

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 owlresearchinstitute@gmail.com, or text to 406-885-7743. Thank you from all of us at ORI!! A HUGE THANK-YOU TO OUR HAT PARTY SPONSORS! WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP!! Hats off to all our incredible Hat Party spo

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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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