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The Breeding Season

The most magical time of year, the upcoming months will be an exciting blur of activity as we look to document this critically important season for owls. Each year, Great Horned Owls signal the start of the breeding season with their iconic calls in the night sky. It's one of the most recognizable, and wonderful, calls in the world. While these calls mark an unofficial start to an all-important season, there is much work to be done. For owls and owl researchers. While Great Horned Owls are the first to nest, this happens at different times in different geographic areas. In western Montana, we typically find the first nest around mid-February. This season, the late winter seems to have delaye

OWLS: Life in the Cold

It’s been a heck of late winter in Montana! Beautiful, but cold - it’s been below zero for days at our field station with lots and lots of snow. While some might be grumbling about the frigid air and persistent shoveling, we’ve also gotten some questions about how this weather affects owls. The answer? Well, that depends on the species. In general, owls are more impacted by the deep snow than the cold; and larger owls are more resilient than smaller owls. For example, Snowy Owls wintering in Montana are well-adapted to the cold and can maintain normal body function down to -40° F. They are also very capable predators. Although they show a preference for small rodents, they will eat a variet

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Radd Icenoggle: https://www.flickr.com/photos/radley521

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

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