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Evening Owl Walk with Owl Research Institute

December 2, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$35 – $40

DATE: Thursday, December 2
TIME: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Meet at Maclay Flat


Go owling with experts from the Owl Research Institute along the Maclay Flat Nature Trail.

During this 2 hour stroll you will look and listen for great horned, Northern saw-whet, and maybe even great grey owls. Find out why this area is so rich in owls, how and when they feed, when they mate, and what they are communicating with their ethereal calls. Lauren Smith and Beth Mendelsohn will also share information collected from Owl Research Institute’s studies in the area. Owls as seldom-seen residents of the night, inspire wonder, awe, and our imagination when we catch a glimpse or hear a mating duet in the woods. This guided owl walk will provide information about their biology, habitats, and behaviors as well as tips on where and when to go owling on your own.

Instructor Beth Mendelsohn earned her graduate degree from the University of Wyoming with an emphasis on great gray owl genetics. Her research, focused primarily on North American owls, has afforded her the opportunity to travel and work throughout western Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming.  She shares her passion for field biology, natural history, and long-term research through public speaking, scientific papers, and bringing the public into the field to observe research in action.

Instructor Lauren Smith joined ORI in 2021 as the Director of Communications. Her background is in ornithology, writing, and science communication. She believes that clear, accessible communication is an essential aspect of all research, and is excited to help share ORI’s research and conservation efforts with the world.

What to Bring:

  • Warm clothes- hat, gloves, coat, hand and toe warmers, warm boots, etc.
  • Yak tracks if icy
  • Binoculars (we will have some pairs to borrow)
  • Notepad or journal and pen for notetaking (optional)
  • Warm tea/water/snacks
  • Mask
  • Flashlight

COVID precautions:

  • Outdoor program!
  • Small group size- limit 12 participants

Proceeds from this event will be shared between MNHC and ORI

Cost: $35 MNHC Members / $40 non-members
Registration required.  REGISTER HERE 


What’s the refund policy?
The course fee (minus a 25% administrative fee) is refundable if a cancellation is made up to 7 days before the event. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline.
View our full cancellation/refund policy here.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Nope! We will have a list of all the attendees.



December 2, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$35 – $40
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Maclay Flat Nature Trail
Forest Rd 19155
Missoula, MT 59804 United States