ORI receives donation from ZooMontana's 'Quarters for Conservation'
September 26, 2022 Earlier this month, we received a special donation in the mail! ZooMontana, which is located in Billings, MT, has a special donation program called 'Quarters for Conservation.' Each month an employee chooses a conservation program they'd like to support, and ZooMontana guests are told about the month's cause and asked to round up their purchases. At the end of the month, the funds are then donated to the chosen cause. ORI was chosen as August's cause, and w
Join ORI at the14th Annual Birds of Prey Festival
The Birds of Prey Festival in Kalispell, MT, is coming up soon! Join ORI on September 17 at Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell, Montana, and celebrate all things raptors! The event is free and family-friendly with presentations, live birds, and outdoor educational booths and activities running from 8:30 am until 2 pm. Stop by the ORI table to say hi to Beth and Lauren, learn about owl adaptations, see some owl specimens up close, and learn about ORI's research and conservation
VIDEO- Sexing Snowy Owl Chicks
September 14, 2022 This video shares information about how researchers at the Owl Research Institute (ORI) determine the sex of Snowy Owl chicks by looking at wing feathers. This method was developed by ORI biologists and published in 2011. The photographs and video footage feature the 6 chicks from the single Snowy Owl nest we found in our study area in 2022. Video footage by Solai Le Fay and Chloe Hernandez, ORI's 2022 Field Technicians. We hope you enjoy! Wing images by C.