These photos are from my first foray into wildlife photography. I joined Denver Holt and his team at the Owl Research Institute early in the summer of 2020. The pandemic forced a lot of cross country driving on me, so I decided to make the most of it and reached out to Denver about a shoot. In the end I joined the team on a field outing to long eared owl habitat in Missoula, Montana. It was a riparian zone, but it was far from pristine. In fact, we were just beside a newish suburb and directly under the flight path of quite a lot of small planes. These photos are from one morning in the field. First the team had to find nests, extract the fledglings and band them. Then mist nets were set to trap the adults and take their measurements. One of the adults was previously banded by the Institute so they took all of it's measurements again to compare to previous interactions. This base of knowledge allow scientists to contribute to best practices for habitat conservation. Which, in the American West can be a fraught undertaking - ORI certainly doesn't have any gaudy signage at their headquarters. With any luck, this is the first of many wildlife projects. The expertise from the ORI was invaluable in granting me access and handling the owls safely, for which I'm very grateful.

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