The group spent the day trapping long-eared owls as part of Denver's long-term study monitoring owl numbers in Western Montana. The team used a misty net for capture, walking up and down the woody draw to flush the owls into the net. Trained handlers were in charge of processing the birds: taking their wing cord, mass and sex estimate (based on feather patterns). After this information was collected, the owls were released safely back into the wild.
Long-eared owls have an average wingspan of 86-98 cms
This is an owl ear, believe it or not!
Tom also reported the team saw a Great Horned Owl nesting in the draw. So cool! For more information on Denver Holt and his research, visit the Owl Research Institute here.