Mitchell Pruitt, PhD candidate at Univ of AR, Fayetteville, is entering his 8th year of research on these small owls. Studying this little creature at the fringes of its range can be challenging, including the low number of migrants experienced in the recent past. Last year, things began looking up with 15 saw-whet owls captured! This year, folks to our north are reporting good numbers so far, including lots of hatch year owls. This bodes well for us down south, so let's hope the trend holds as they move into the Ozarks!
If the trend holds, none of us will want to miss out on this migration! In order to keep the project relevant and collect useful data, we embarked on some new and exciting research objectives last fall. This year, they'll continue! Though continuing to collect interesting data is a must, funding is a limiting factor. For this field season, set to span late-October to late-February, we need to raise $1730. Below you will find a link to donate. Thank you for your consideration and selfless contributions, any little bit helps!
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Mitchell Pruitt’s Saw-whet owl Research Project