CONSERVATION FOCUS: LONG-EARED OWLS

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LONG-EARED OWL RESEARCH AND POPULATION MONITORING

Since 1970, Long-eared Owl populations are estimated to have declined by 91% in North America* - more than any other owl species. The Owl Research Institute has studied Long-eared Owls in western Montana for 32 years. It is the longest study of its kind which has revealed much of what is understood about these elusive owls today.  

While our long-term research and monitoring on Long-eared Owls remains active, we now look to understand root causes behind these alarming trends. Similar to our work with Snowy Owls, an upcoming project will synthesize existing data with climate data to identify correlations, if any, between population declines and temperature increases. The analysis will look to identify other environmental factors that may be associated with declines as well. 

 

We hope this data - which has revealed so much about the behaviors and characteristics of these owls - can now be used to help explain drastic population declines. We also hope to generate interest from other states and groups to conduct more widespread monitoring for this species.  

These new, special projects are dependent on funding. When you make a donation or adopt a Long-Eared Owl you help support this priority program.

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