CONSERVATION FOCUS: GREAT GRAY OWLS

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GREAT GRAY OWLS AND SNAG DATA FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT

Our Great Gray Owl study is entering its forth year. Similar to other species projects, we are conducting long-term monitoring of nest sites, banding chicks, collecting data, and surveying new areas. In conjunction to our base study, we are also interested in learning more about their nesting needs.

 

A special focus of our Great Gray project is to record the measurements of nest snags. Similar to cavity nesting owls, Great Gray Owls depend on specific site characteristics to nest. While obligate cavity nesters need the holes of woodpeckers, natural tree holes, or nest boxes, Great Grays rely on large, broken-topped trees, called snags, or the abandoned nests of other large birds. When the owl nests on the top of a broken snag, the bowl must be large enough to accommodate its massive size.

In recording the measurements of these snags, we are building a predictable model to identify, and potentially manage for, these unique, dead trees. Snags are a critical component of forest ecosystems and provide homes for a myriad of species. Again and again, we find them removed from otherwise ideal Great Gray habitat. As a result, public education is a key focus of this project. 

 

As with all studies, sample sizes must be large enough for meaningful results, so we will continue to collect data for this special project. Do you know of a Great Gray nest? Please let us know. We are following up with as many leads as we can in order to grow our sample size. 

Additionally, if you haven't checked out the Great Gray Owl Cam, you are in for a real treat. Although the nest is currently empty, you can enjoy highlights from last season and get ready, hopefully, for the pairs' return! The Great Gray nest cam is made possible through our partnership with explore.org.

Help fund our Great Gray and Snag Conservation project by making a donation: just write Great Gray in the message box when you complete your donation on-line.  Your adoption of a Great Gray Owl also helps to fund this project.

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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