Breeding Season Updates: Great Grays, Pygmys, and Long-eared Owls!
April 26, 2022 Some brief nest-searching updates: As of April 23, 2022, the field crew (which includes a number of dedicated volunteers!) has found: 3 Great Gray Owl nests-- including one discovered on Friday, April 22 4 Northern Pygmy Owl nests (though they suspect one may have failed, and need to go back to check) 3 Long-eared Owl nests On Saturday, April 23, the crew got out and banded this female Long-eared Owl: Check out that fringe on the leading edge of her wing-- one
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Wild Birds, including Owls and other Raptors
What we know as of April 15, 2022 by Lauren Smith You may have been hearing and reading about a very contagious strain of avian influenza that is currently spreading across North America. I have been reading heartbreaking articles about raptors and owls being brought to wildlife rehabilitation centers in distress, suffering from extreme neurological symptoms and either dying suddenly or needing to be humanely euthanized. Some recent examples: April 14, 2022: DEC: Owls found d
Listen to Brains On! and learn 'Owl about Owls'
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an owl? Well, take a listen to this recent episode of Brains On! podcast, and hear all about it from "Nolan the know-it-owl"! (Though, when Nolan forgets some of his owl facts, ORI's Lauren Smith steps up to share some owl information). From the episode show notes: "We’re headed off to an owl sanctuary to meet up with Nolan the know-it-owl for a special night owl Tour. We hear the sound of owl wings and check out some super-tubular
April 16, 2022- Beth to lead 'Owls of the Mission Valley' field course
Join ORI's Beth Mendelsohn and the Glacier Institute for an 'Owls of the Mission Valley' field course on Saturday, April 16. There are still a few spots available. Cost is $100 per person. Visit The Glacier Institute website --> click on "Find Your Course" in the top right corner, and then "Adult Field Courses" (in the middle of the pop-up screen) to register and learn more. From the course description: "This course will provide a thorough introduction to the ecology and iden
Upcoming Event: April 14, 2022- Denver Holt presents for ARCUS Arctic Research Seminar
Mark your calendars: later this week Denver is giving an online seminar for the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS). He will be sharing insights and information from his decades-long on-going research on Snowy Owls and lemmings in the Arctic. The seminar will be online, and is free and open to the public. Registration is required. When: Thursday, 14 April 2022 - 9:00am to 10:00am (AK) Where: Online. Register here: Denver Holt: Highlights of 30 Years Studyi
ORI's Denver Holt special guest at Song Montana workshop on April 9
Song Montana Sessions Going to be in Ronan this weekend? Come check out Song Montana's songwriter workshop on Saturday, April 9, at the Red Poppy State in Ronan-- ORI's own Denver Holt will be a special guest, performing various owl calls with unique musical accompaniment by Happy Montana. Date: Saturday April 9, 2022 Where: Red Poppy, 1 Eisenhower St SW, Ronan MT When: 2:30 pm Songwriter Workshop 7:30 pm Sean Devine, Songwriter, with special guest: Denver Holt with Montana O
Ask Us Anything: Osprey Live Cam
2022 season Have a question about Osprey or something you saw on the Explore.org Osprey Live Cam? Submit your question here: Once a week, we'll go through submitted questions and post answers on the cam chat board, so check back for answers! We'll also post them here so we can all learn together about these amazing birds! Egg-laying Question: It’s May 24, and Charlotte hasn’t laid any eggs yet. Is it too late in the season for them to nest? Answer: According to a study cited