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The Owl Research Institute (ORI) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization dedicated to researching the natural history of wildlife and their habitats, then disseminating our findings to the scientific and public communities. Our public education programs are dedicated to fostering public awareness of conservation issues so that the community at large can make effective, prudent decisions when dealing with resouorce usage issues at the local level. We are located at the Ninepipes Center for Research and Education, in the Mission Valley of western Montana. Through the development of our facility,professionals, the general public, students and conservation groups, you can obtain information about wildlife, their habitats and ethical conservation resource stewardship. The Institute and Ninepipes Center is supported solely by private foundations, corporations and individual donors. Peer into the Owl Identification Guide and learn more about these elusive night hunters.

* Owls see primarily in black and white
* Owls can turn their heads about 270 degrees
* The fourth toe is opposable
* Fossil owls date back 40 to 65 million years
* Owl ear tufts are not ears, they are used for camouflage
* In many species, females are larger than males
* Owls range in size from two ounces to eight pounds


The Owl Research Institute is dedicated to owl research, education and conservation.
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