RESEARCH FOCUS: FLAMMLATED OWLS

FLAMMULATED OWL RESEARCH PROJECT

FLAMMULATED OWL RESEARCH PROJECT

The first evidence of Flammulated Owl nesting in Montana was recorded in 1975, and the first nest discovered in 1986 (Holt et al. 1987). In 2008, we initiated a study in Lolo National Forest. We detected 9 Flammulated Owl territories, saw evidence of breeding at one territory, and confirmed a nest (incubating female and eggs) at another. The discovery represented the third Flammulated Owl nest site found in Montana.

In 2009, we doubled our efforts, detecting 14 territories with both singing individuals and pairs. However, we found no evidence of successful breeding — no eggs, brooding or incubating females, or nestlings, despite intensive searching and monitoring. In 2010, we detected 15 territories and 3 nests.

During this four-year study, we have found it fairly easy to detect singing Flammulated Owls, pinpointing 18 separate territories. More difficult is finding nests. So far, with extensive searching, we have discovered four. 

Flammulated Owls are diminutive, insectivorous owls that are restricted in their distribution to western North America; from southern British Columbia along the Rocky Mountains to Mexico.  Being primarily insectivorous, they are highly migratory and the entire population is believed to leave their northern breeding grounds to winter in Mexico and Central America, where insects are presumably abundant. 

While tough to find and harder to monitor, our record of nest tree characteristics and habitat use by Flammulated Owls has helped shape the forest management plan in our study area.

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.

I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.

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

  • YouTube Social  Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon

SUBSCRIBE FOR EMAILS

Copyright © 2018 Owl Research Institute, Inc. All rights reserved.