Episode 6 with Dr. Dave Oleyar

Dr. Dave Oleyar, Director of Long-term monitoring and Community Science at Hawkwatch International, and the Principal Investigator for the Following Forest Owls in the Western U.S. project with Earthwatch, provided an update on his owl project in the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona and the mountains of northern Utah. Dave and Stan then launched into a discussion on migration, urban bird ecology, and backyard bird research and conservation opportunities that everybody can participate in.



Dr. Dave Oleyar

Dave Oleyar, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Hawkwatch International

Dr. Dave Oleyar, Lead Scientist on Earthwatch's Following Forest Owls in the Western U.S., is investigating the habitat and nesting behaviors of Flammulated Owls in northern Utah and southeastern Arizona to increasing knowledge of this species and to determine how to best mitigate the effects of climate change and keep the populations afloat.

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Following Forest Owls in the Western U.S.


Following Forest Owls in the Western U.S.

Help researchers study the nesting behavior of small, cavity-nesting forest owls in Utah and Arizona to better understand how these species are influenced by climate change and habitat loss.

North America: Snow Basin, Utah or Portal, Arizona, United States
Lead Scientist: Dave Oleyar, Ph.D.
Duration: 7 days (avg. $356 a day)


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