"The Population Decline of Long-eared Owls in Western Montana" by Denver Holt will be the next Mission Mountain Audubon program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Polson Library meeting room.
Reasons for the decline of this secretive owl remain speculative, but likely factors include habitat change and loss. There are only about 6,000 long-eared owls in the United States.
Holt has been studying owls in the field since the late 1970s. In 1989, he founded the Owl Research Institute, a privately funded nonprofit organization dedicated to research on owls and small mammals. About a decade later, Holt established the Ninepipes Center for Wildlife Research and Education, which is focused on wildlife education, community outreach and conservation.