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Saw-whet Owl Banding Station at Flathead Lake Biological Station!

Fridays Sept. 22-Nov.3rd, 2023


Join the Owl Research Institute for our inaugural public program of Fall Visitor Nights at our Saw-whet Owl banding station at the Flathead Lake Biological Station!

Visitor nights are open to the public, with advance registration. Every Friday evening from September 22 through November 3rd, we will host visitors for a one-of-a-kind experience to learn about the natural history of Saw-whet Owls, ORI’s current research, and the impacts of our long-term data collection.


On lucky nights, you may even get to observe the process of banding, measuring, and releasing back to its habitat a live Saw-whet Owl! Whether our banding nets are productive that night or not, you can expect to learn how we safely and ethically catch and release these owls, touch real owl feathers and specimens, and talk to Field Biologists about their work.


Advance registration was required and space is limited, if you have any cancellations or questions, please call or text Hayley Madden at 406-370-9954. If you have registered, we will send you details about getting to the location a week before the event. (Please check your spam box). You will be asked to arrive around sunset. Visitors of all ages are welcome! Please ask us if you need any special accommodations.



ORI’s long-term work studying owls and their habitats relies on the generosity of our donors. We ask you to consider a gift to support our ongoing research. Gifts of any size make an impact!

Suggested donation for Saw-whet Banding Station Visitor Nights:

$10/person or $20/family


Fall Visitor Nights are being presented at the Flathead Biological Station on Flathead Lake. Once you register, we will send you details about getting to the location. You will be asked to arrive around sunset.


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