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Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Station at Flathead Lake Bio Staton

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


Come 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, with the possibility of observing the process of banding, measuring, and releasing back to its habitat a live Saw-whet Owl!

Fridays Sept. 22 - Nov. 3rd, 2023

The Owl Research Institute

Dedicated to owl conservation through research and education

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We conduct long-term research on owls, their prey species, and their relationship to the habitat in which they live. 

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We provide partners, such as federal and state agencies, private conservation groups, and land owners, with vital information to promote meaningful and informed habitat management. 

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Research Projects That Need Your Support

Thanks to you, the Owl Research Institute maintains long-term research on 10 owl species in Montana and Alaska. Our research is a critical step in understanding how to effectively preserve a future for owls.


Featured here are some of our priority projects in need of funding. Choose a project to support or make a general donation that will be applied where it is needed the most.  

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Climate Change and Snowy Owls

Understanding why populations are declining is the first step toward remedies.​

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Great Gray Owls & Snag Data for Forest Management

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.

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Taking the Long-View on Long-Eared Owls

With significantly declining populations, our long-term research and monitoring is critical to our understanding of the bigger picture. 

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