The Owl Research Institute in the field on the Long-Eared Owl Project

Last week the Owl Research Institute spent a beautiful fall day in the field on the Long-Eared Owl research project. Many owls were spotted (10 Long-Eared Owls and two Great Horned Owls) and we were able to band and record data on four Long-Eared Owls - as seen here.

Over 30 years in the running, the Owl Research Institute has banded (as of last week) over 1,900 Long-Eared Owls! This is longest running study of its kind and is revealing important population data about a species in decline. The need for habitat conservation comes into focus - several of our study areas that were once prime Long-Eared Owl habitat are now the site of subdivisions. The owls we captured, however, seemed to be healthy and thriving.

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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:

Daniel J Cox:

Radd Icenoggle:

Melissa Groo:

Ly Dang:

Tom Murphy:

Deborah Hanson



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