CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

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LONG-TERM RESEARCH & MONITORING

Long-term data collection isn't the flashiest of biological pursuits. In a world that has come to expect fast results, the dedicated field biologist has become a bit of an outlier. But this is what the Owl Research Institute does, and does best. We observe, we survey, we log, and we repeat. And we've been repeating it for over 30 years. It is from this basic strategy that the magic emerges: the data takes shape, the patterns surface, the picture becomes clear.  

That's not to say we don't utilize resources that enable us to do the best work possible. As leaders in owl research, we use scientific, technological and creative methods to accomplish results. Equipped with knowledge, we educate people around the world and inspire them to make conservation minded choices.

Long-term biological research is critical to understanding an ever changing planet. As a result, we have many, species-specific projects underway at all times.

Read below about some of the research projects ORI is currently conducting. 

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Over 30 years of research and breeding season monitoring

Snowy Owl

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Nesting, habitat use, and population monitoring

Short-eared Owl

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Finding nest sites and studying breeding

Northern Hawk Owl

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Uncommon in western Montana, but a welcomed visitor to farms and orchards

Barn Owl

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Surveys, nest searching, and snag conservation

Great Gray Owl

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Finding and monitoring natural nest sites

Northern Pygmy Owl

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Tough to find and harder to monitor

Flammulated Owl

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Fall migration study

Montana Migration Project

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Understanding population fluctuations

Long-eared Owl

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Breeding and migration research

Northern Saw-whet Owl

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Monitoring nesting to better understand their life history

Boreal Owls

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Monthly surveys to better understand how raptors are using the landscape

Winter Raptor Survey

Coming Soon