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It's here! Breeding season is upon us.

Each year, Great Horned Owls ring in the breeding season with their iconic hoots that fill the night sky. As the first species to breed in western Montana, we usually encounter the first nest in mid-February, with the rest of the owl species falling in line after this. 

The breeding season is the most exciting time of year! Be sure to follow us on social media for all our latest updates! Also, check out our annual newsletter, The Roost, for all our 2020 project news!

Photo: Great Horned Owl and chick, Montana © Kurt Lindsay

OUR MISSION FOR OWLS

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Research

Conservation

Education

Conduct long-term research to understand species’ needs, vulnerabilities, threats, and population trends. Long-term species monitoring is critical to  understanding an ever- changing planet. As a result, we have many, species-specific projects underway. 

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. Additionally, we distribute owl population data through scientific publications across the world.

Actively engage and educate a global audience through Live Cams, Q & A’s, lectures, social media, TV, articles, news stories, and field tours. When people learn about, gain a greater understanding and connect with, owls, they are more likely to become conservation-minded citizens and work to advance conservation. 

STAY CONNECTED WITH ORI

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JOIN US IN THE FIELD THROUGH OWL NOTES

Owl Notes are short films on the projects of Denver Holt and the Owl Research Institute. As a filmmaker, Daniel J. Cox of Natural Exposures, wanted to figure out how to bring people into the field and introduce them, firsthand, to the work of the Owl Research Institute and the wonderful subject of owls. Owl Notes is the result of this collaboration. Enjoy!

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 for 2021 still in need of funding. Choose a project to support or make a general donation that will be applied where it is needed the most.  

CLIMATE CHANGE AND SNOWY OWLS

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

GREAT GRAY OWLS & SNAG DATA FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT

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. 

PROJECTS OF SPECIAL INTEREST

Productive collaborations, partnerships, and unique approaches to conservation.
These are projects of special interest. 

LIVE CAM PARTNERSHIPS WITH EXPLORE.ORG

Watch the secret lives of owls as they nest and raise their young.

 

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Explore.org funded

REGIONAL SHORT-EARED OWL MONITORING 

A 3-year collaborative survey to assess population trends and threats. 

 

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Volunteer Staffed
FULLY FUNDED

NEW! TRIBUTE GIFT PROGRAM

Celebrate someone special with the gift of conservation!

Make A Tribute Gift

SUPPORT PRIORITY PROJECTS FOR OWLS

HELP PROTECT OWLS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

© KURT LINDSAY