Montana Owl Workshop: Apr 20—25, 2018

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Price: $2,095
Departs: Missoula
Tour Limit: 14
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Tour Leaders


Denver Holt

Denver Holt is a wildlife researcher and graduate of the University of Montana. He is founde...


Matt Larson

Matt Larson is a graduate of the University of Montana. He has worked as a research biologis...

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Register for this Tour

Register for this tour by phone (800/328-VENT or 512/328-5221), or by downloading a tour registration form. Signed and completed forms can be faxed, mailed, or scanned and emailed to the VENT office.

Northern Pygmy-Owl

Northern Pygmy-Owl— Photo: Barry Zimmer

A fascinating short tour emphasizing identification, biology, and habitats of owls; good chances for many owl species including Long-eared, Pygmy, and Boreal. Spectacular scenery!

Read about Denver Holt’s long-term study of Snowy Owls in Barrow, Alaska in the Spring 2015 issue of Living Bird magazine.

Read about Denver Holt’s owl research in Getting Wise to the Owl, from the May 24, 2011 edition of the New York Times.

Join researchers for four days of owl hooting, observation, and research. Montana boasts the largest number of breeding owl species of any state in the United States. Fifteen species of owls occur in Montana, of which 14 species breed: American Barn Owl, Flammulated Owl, Eastern Screech-Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Burrowing Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Boreal Owl, Long-eared Owl, and Short-eared Owl. Snowy Owls are regular winter visitors.

Our group will observe researchers of the Owl Research Institute who are conducting a long-term study of Long-eared Owls. They will capture, band, weigh, measure, and record other biological data. We will also search, collect, and dissect owl pellets in the field. ORI staff will discuss the natural history of Montana owls, and evolutionary adaptations in owls—how do owls hear, see, fly silently, camouflage, hunt, and other interesting facts. If the weather permits, we will venture out one evening to try and observe the elaborate courtship flight of the Short-eared Owl.

A unique learning experience with owl expert Denver Holt; good to very good accommodations and cuisine; good weather expected, but rain and snow possible.

Read an excerpt of a National Geographic article about Snowy Owls featuring Montana Owl Workshop leader Denver Holt at nationalgeographic.comRead more about the Owl Research Institute at

 VIDEO: The Owls of Montana, Episode 1, October 29, 2014, by Epic Montana & Distill Productions

VIDEO: The Owls of Montana, Episode 2, January 21, 2015, by Epic Montana & Distill Productions

VIDEO: At Home with Snowy Owls, Lab of Ornithology