HUNDREDS HAVE JOINED US IN THE FIELD TO OBSERVE OWL RESEARCH IN ACTION
A DAY IN THE FIELD -
TRANSPARENCY IN RESEARCH. AN UNFORGETTABLE OPPORTUNITY.
Denver Holt pioneered A Day in the Field from a belief that science shouldn’t live in academia - that it should be shared with everyone and, in doing so, carries the greatest conservation message. The ORI Day in the Field is a donation to any public group, education system, or entity striving to provide a better good for the public and enables participants to be part of some of the longest running owl research studies in the world.
It is a unique opportunity to experience wildlife through the eyes of a researcher: visit active monitoring sites, gain valuable field knowledge, learn about habitat, and develop your own research questions. Guests may see Long-eared Owls perch on stick nests, or Short-eared Owls clap their wings, performing their courtship dance as they plummet from the sky. Great Horned Owls may be seen with their maturing chicks.
Once at a research site, the team will focus on data collection. Participants will see how mist-nets are used to capture owls and how the owls are marked with identification bands. Metrics will be collected, recorded and explained for participants to fully understand the scientific process. We will discuss evolutionary adaptations such as silent flight, camouflage coloration and patterning, pellet formation, wing-loading and flight, hearing and vision, among many other topics. Group participants are encouraged to take photos and ask any questions.
Participants should expect to walk on uneven terrain for up to a mile and bring a water bottle. We don't eat in the field, but enjoy a delicious lunch afterwards.