CONGRATULATIONS & THANK-YOU!

YOU ARE HELPING US HELP SNOWY OWLS. 

Use the following links to learn more about Snowy Owls and download your adoption documents!

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SNOWY OWLS

Perhaps the most magical and mysterious of all owl species, the Snowy Owl is an awe-inspiring icon of the Arctic. Graceful and majestic, its angelic feathers almost belie its true power and force as a hunter; its gritty ability to exist in the world's harshest environments. These breathtaking creatures who call the tundra home are one of our most powerful allies in Arctic conservation. 

 

The Owl Research Institute conducts the longest running Snowy Owl study of its kind in North America - now in its 27th year. Our research seeks a deeper understanding of these owls; monitors population trends; analyzes climate change affects on the species; and influences conservation minded land management decisions in the ever-changing Arctic. 

ABOUT YOUR SNOWY OWL ADOPTION

Your Snowy Owl adoption helps ensure that our research, based out of Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska, continues. Travel, lodging and equipment are permanent costs attached to the Snowy Owl Research Project. The study, which originally set out to understand the connection between Snowy Owls and Lemmings, now gives us important data about a population that is in decline.

 

Every summer, Denver Holt and the ORI travel to Barrow, Alaska for three months. The time spent in the field, and the data that results, continually reveal new insights about these awe-inspiring raptors. They also create a compelling conservation tool used to promote thoughtful land management decisions. ​

 

The Owl Research Institute conducts the longest running Snowy Owl study in North America. The study must go on, but we cannot do it without your help. Your charitable donation helps ensure that our Snowy Owl Research continues and is used to protect a future for these incredible owls.

HOW SNOWY OWL ADOPTION WORKS

As a non-profit, we designed our symbolic adoption program to help fund research and conservation around specific species. Follow-up information about our Snowy Owl research can be found in our annual newsletter, The Roost, which comes out between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you would like to receive a free copy, let us know HERE >>

 

All of our research is conducted on wild owls in their natural habitat. We keep no owls at the Owl Research Institute and are not a rehabilitation center. We are a field-based research institute with an emphasis on conservation and education.

 

We are enormously grateful to those who make the decision to support our work. The adoption program is a  new and unique way to donate to the Owl Research Institute and ensure that research on Snowy Owls continues.

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© DANIEL J COX / NATURALEXPOSURES.COM

ORI'S SNOWY OWL RESEARCH

We began the Snowy Owl Breeding Ecology and Lemming Population Study in Barrow, Alaska, in 1992.  The initial research question was to evaluate the predator-prey relationship between the Snowy Owl and Brown Lemming – the owl’s primary food source.  As with most studies, a host of other simple questions arose, similar to those described in our Long-eared Owl study.  These were followed by more original questions such as: satellite tracking of movement, growth rates, plumage development, stress response to research, nest defense behavior, and activity budgets.  In fact, we were the first researchers in the world to track Snowy Owls by satellite.

Our growth and plumage development studies are the most comprehensive in the world.  Our dietary studies provide the largest sample sizes in the world, highlighting the reliance of Snowy Owls on Brown Lemmings in Barrow.  Our simultaneous monitoring of Snowy Owls and Brown Lemmings is the longest running study of its kind in North America.  Our discovery of an infectious disease in lemmings that can affect human has direct human health implications.

However, the most important objective remains to continue long-term research and monitoring, and to ascertain the owls’ population fluctuations in response to fluctuating lemming populations.  We also sought to evaluate if purported lemming cycles really exist in Barrow. 

Snowy Owl and Brown Lemming number in Barrow are declining for reason we don’t yet understand.  We hope to determine if these population changes are linked to a changing Arctic climate.  This study has evolved to include a message of advocacy for Arctic wildlife conservation.  

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

The Owl Research is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit and runs entirely on donations. Every contribution helps. Thanks for giving a hoot! 

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MEDIA INQUIRIES 

 

We welcome all media inquiries. If you are a credentialed member of the media and wish to set up an interview or request further information, please e-mail liberty@owlresearchinstitute.org.

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PHOTO CREDIT

 

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

ABOUT US

 

The ORI is a non-profit, 501(c) 3, tax-exempt organization. We are funded by individual and non-profit  group donations, grants from foundations and corporations, and occasionally agency contracts.

We accept donations of real property. Please consider us in your estate planning.

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Our federal tax identification number is 81-0453479.

CONTACT US

406-644-3412

 

PO BOX 39

Charlo, MT 59824

 

liberty@owlresearchinstitute.org

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