(Kalispell, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announces that Lone Pine State Park will be hosting a Citizen Science Training Program for a multi-year Great Gray Owl study.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is looking for citizens from across northwestern Montana to assist with data collection on a multi-year project to better understand the distribution and nesting habitats of one of Montana’s most iconic raptor species, the Great Gray Owl. These secretive owls nest in the tops of broken-off snags and in old stick nests left behind by Goshawks and Ravens. Because they are so secretive, it is very difficult for our team of nongame biologists to cover enough of the state to get a good sense of how well the population is doing.
Come to Lone Pine State Park on Saturday, March 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM to learn how you can help collect data on these secretive raptors. In this training session, we will cover specifics about the Great Gray Owl, MT owl calls and most importantly the details of the multi-year FWP study. The minimum commitment to participate in the study is two nights (after dark), that are at least one week apart. Survey units are preselected and may require the use of snow machines, skis, and/or snowshoes to complete.
To register or for more information, please call 406-755-2706 ext. 2.
What: Great Gray Owl Citizen Science
When: Saturday, March 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: Lone Pine State Park, 300 Lone Pine Rd, Kalispell, MT
Lone Pine State Park is located 5 miles southwest of Kalispell and offers one of the most vivid views of the valley, 7.5 miles of trails, and a beautiful interpretive center that provides information on living in a wildlife urban interface. Additional amenities include a picnic shelter and a community room, which are both available to rent, as well as a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and an archery range. Furthermore, Lone Pine offers a fantastic variety of educational and interpretive programs.
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