Subject: World Owl Conference Registration Open; Call for Abstracts

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Owl Conservation & Research News

A summary of recent owl publications, conservation and conference and news.

Happy New Year!

Conference registration is now open and the call for papers and posters is posted on the conference website.

We are still working on the final banquet menu, but you can select a vegetarian or omnivorous meal at this time. Field trip and workshop prices are set and you can register for them now. Check out the conference website for full details.

Note: For those of you who may be reading this who have not previously attended a world owl conference but are familiar with other Owl Center events, please note that this is a very different event than the International Festival of Owls (which is geared for the general public). The World Owl Conference's target audience is researchers, so the 15-minute research presentations often include a lot of statistics and terminology. Non-researchers are certainly welcome to attend and learn, but just be aware that these presentations are at a higher scientific level than the Virtual Owl Expert Speaker Series.

Virtual Owl Expert Speaker Series

Snowy Owls: Thirty-one years of breeding season research in Barrow, Alaska with Denver Holt

Founder and President of the Owl Research Institute, Montana USA 

January 8, 2023, 1:00 PM Central Time


Denver Holt and colleagues have been studying the natural history of breeding Snowy Owls and their primary prey, the Brown Lemming, for thirty-one years. The breeding season is long, approximately 4 months, and even during "summer" the weather is a challenge for researchers and the owls.

During this talk Denver will highlight some aspects of the owls' natural history such as the mating system, division of labor between male and female to raise a family, nest defense behavior, nestling growth and development, food habits, lemming population fluctuations, and more.

Denver will also discuss how Snowy Owls could make decisions to stay and breed or migrate through Barrow during early spring. He will also answer the following questions:

Why are Snowy Owls white?
Why have they evolved sexual color dimorphism?
What drives their migration?
What is an irruption?
Are their populations declining, stable, or, we do not know?

Finally, Denver will emphasize the need for long-term research and monitoring on their breeding and non-breeding grounds.

Denver Holt is the founder and president of the Owl Research Institute, a nonprofit he started 30 years ago. Today, it is one of the premier owl research centers in the world, just as Holt is one of the leading experts. 

​​Holt is a widely published author who has been featured in many articles from National Geographic to the New York Times, as well as in many television programs. He has educated and entertained people from all walks of life and enjoys guiding, meeting new people, and expanding his knowledge of wildlife and the natural world.


Thank you to the Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation for sponsoring this series in part so it can remain free for everyone.

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