Short-eared Owl Research & Monitoring
It was a long, long time ago that Short-eared Owls captured the heart and fascination of ORI's founder Denver Holt. While his research of this species began in New England, we currently study breeding populations in western Montana.
We're pleased to report that it was a strong breeding season in 2020 for this ground nesting species! Scroll down for videos from the field or learn more about Shorties here:
Short-eared Owl, Asio flammeus © Kurt Lindsay
You can also learn more about ORI's Snowy Owl Project here:
THE SNOWY OWL PROJECT
One of our longest running and most important studies, for 29 years the Snowy Owl Project has documented nesting rates, population fluctuations and trends, growth and development rates, and so much more.
With a changing climate, this work is more important than ever. A new focus of the project seeks to understand how warming temperatures are impacting Snowy Owl and lemming populations, which are declining in our study area.
OUR MISSION FOR OWLS
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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 2020 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.
PROJECTS OF SPECIAL INTEREST
Productive collaborations, partnerships, and unique approaches to conservation. These are projects of special interest.